How to Survive Dengue Fever in Bali
Bali is a dream holiday destination for many. However, tourists traveling to Bali should be aware of the health risks related to visiting this beautiful tropical island and how to minimize them.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease is transmitted by a bite of Aedes mosquito and luckily cannot be directly spread from one person to another. Symptoms of dengue fever include:
• Severe headache
• High fever
• Pain behind the eyes
• Skin rash
• Severe joint pain
• Mild bleeding, such as bleeding gums or nose bleed
Symptoms begin from four to six hours after the bite although it can take a few days before the first symptons arrive and they might last for up too 10 days. If you or someone you care for experiences these symptoms, they should see a doctor immediately. If the doctor confirms dengue fever diagnose, he/she will also notify local public health facilities. Most cases of dengue fever occur in tropical areas. Unfortunately Bali is no exception. The fever usually spreads during or right after the rainy season. There is no vaccine or -0 \|} specific medication for dengue fever. The best treatments include bed rest, proper hydration, and pain relievers. Avoid medicines with aspirin, as they can worsen the bleeding. WHO has endorsed vaccine for dengue fever, but it has been tested only in Southeast Asia. The vaccine is given through a series of injection 3 times a year.
How To Prevent Dengue
Avoiding mosquito bites is the best prevention method that will help you enjoy your Bali holiday without any complications. If you already have the dengue fever, avoiding mosquito bites also prevents the disease from spreading further to other people. Some easy methods to protect yourself and your family from dengue fever:
• Use insect repellent that contains Picaridin or DEET. The most effective formulations are gels and lotion. Organic or natural repellents may not be as effective.
• Use infant-strength repellent on children.
• Turn on air-conditioning.
• Make sure the windows and doors are tight.
• Use long clothing (long sleeves and long pants tucked into socks).
Guests at our OK Divers Resort and Spa in Padangbai can for example ask for an electronic repellent plug or purchase the repellent spray at the reception.
It is also said, the more beer you drink the less chance you will have of the mosquitos biting you. As a matter of fact, our hotel restaurant The Colonial serves Bintang beer on tap so if you want to minimize the risks of being bitten by mosquitos, you know where to find us.