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BALI UPDATE #026 - 05 May 1998
BALI PROMO MEETS WITH CHIEF OF REGIONAL HEALTH
Mr. A. A. Gede Rai and myself met this morning with
Dr. I. Wayan Semendra, SKM, Chief of the Provincial Department of Health
Office to discuss the incidents of Dengue Fever in Bali.
Dr. Semendra provided a very friendly welcome and
shared with us insights and information on the illness - dengue fever.
WHAT IS DENGUE FEVER?
Dengue is a mosquito-transmitted viral disease occurring
chiefly in all tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Epidemic
transmission is usually seasonal, during and shortly after the rainy season.
HOW IS THE DISEASE TRANSMITTED?
Dengue viruses are transmitted by the Aedes mosquitoes
which are most active during daylight hours. The infected mosquitoes are
usually found near high density human urban settlements and has a habitat
radius of between 100-500 metres.
The Aedes mosquitoes are attracted to clear water
and avoid muddy ponds and pools. They breed well in clear water locations
such as bathing cisterns, old tires full of rain water, bird baths,
and areas where plastic waste serves to accumulate rainwater.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS
OF THE DISEASE ?
Dengue is characterized by a sudden onset fever,
severe headaches, joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and rash. Incubation
is from 7-14 days with the disease lasting up to 10 days. If proper medical
treatment is sought at the onset of the illness, most patients make a
IS DENGUE FEVER A THREAT
TO TOURISTS IN BALI ?
Tourists who stay in major hotels and visit the regular
tourist spots in Bali are at minimum risk of contracting this disease.
Visits to densely populated urban areas in Denpasar are best avoided at
present and tourists wishing to take extra precaution could use insect
repellant , wearing long-trousers and long-sleeved shirts when travelling
away from hotel grounds.
The Department of health is "fogging" all areas of
known infection on the island and educating the local population on the
importance of ensuring living areas are clean and any clear water is treated
with the inexpensive larvide "Abate." These efforts are bearing positive
results and Dr. Semendra indicates that the worst of the outbreaks has
now passed. Department of Health statistics show a drastic decline in
new cases over the past days and expect that by the end of May the
disease will have run its course.
Dengue fever, according to Dr. Semendra, is a part
of the community health picture in almost all tropical and subtropical
countries. While the recent outbreaks in Bali have been an object of concern
for health officials, levels of infection are significantly lower than
those in other Asian destinations and tourists staying in modern hotels
and who practice a modicum of common sense can still expect to enjoy
a safe and healthy holiday in Bali.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
REACHES OUT TO BALI TOURISM
While hotels in Bali practice a high state of cleanliness
and take the proper steps to prevent any outbreaks of dengue fever, the
local Department of Health is ready to visit any hotel property, restaurant
and tourist attraction on the island to discuss sanitation concerns and
discover together ways to enhance the health environment of both employees
If you have a concern or would like a visit from
the Department of Health, call the "Kakanwil Departemen Kesehatan Propinsi
Bali" at (0361) 224961 or 225057 extension 124. Please ask for Dr. Swarnawa,
who has been designated by Dr. Semendra to provide liaison with the tourism
Hotels are also encouraged to work together with
the Department of Health in educating hotel staff on steps they can take
to make sure that their places of residence are free of the Aedes mosquitoes.
Bali Promo wishes to take this opportunity to thank
Dr. Semendra for being so generous with his time and helping to bring
the Bali Tourism Industry up to date on the issue of dengue fever.
ANY SPECIAL OFFERS AND
Please don't forget to send me news about special
offers or events at your hotel, restaurant or attraction in Bali so I
can pass it on via this newsletter.
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA Bali Chapter
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