Legit scary health warning hits Bali

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Call your friends, call your mum

There are some pretty scary diseases to come out of tropical countries and the latest to hit Indonesia is no exception. 

The Indonesian Ministry of Health says it has detected cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in two of the country’s regions: Bali and Manado. 

Japanese Encephalitis sounds intimidating and it is. 

JE is basically a viral brain infection that can cause blindness, ataxia (ie lack of muscle coordination), weakness and potentially death. 

The virus is most commonly transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, but other animals like birds, bats, cows and pigs can also act as carriers. 

Symptoms like headaches, fever, and convulsions usually take five to 15 days to present themselves so you might not know you have the virus until some time after contracting it. 

Vensya Sitohang, Ministry of Health Director of Surveillance and Quarantine, told Balinese publication Detik Health that “So far, we in Indonesia, in this case, the Ministry of Health, has just recorded this disease in several sites, because we have found cases in Bali, and Manado, ranking second.”

However, not to worry (too much), the ministry says it has been working to prevent the widespread transmission of JE.

“To intervene with (the spread of) this disease, we have been introducing vaccinations in Bali with pretty good results. We are intervening with immunisations,” Vensya told Detik Health.

“The hope is that it prevents it early, so no physically disability is reached.”

So if you’re travelling to Bali anytime soon just remember to pack the essentials: cute bathers, sunscreen, a good probiotic tablet (not this time, Bali belly) and the biggest can of insect repellant. 

Images: Marka / Contributor Getty, Giphy / Giphy 

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