Wednesday, 12 March 2014




Recently the very tragic case of mother and daughter passing away in Bali highlights the need for vigilance and awareness amongst travellers to one of the most world’s most popular tourist destinations. Although rare to cause fatalities of two people simultaneously, travellers should have a heightened awareness.

Bacterial infection (food poisoning) caused by badly prepared/stored food and/or poor hygiene practises can prove very serious, especially for those who already have an underlying medical condition.


Traditionally known as “Bali Belly”, food poisoning continues to affect many travellers to the island. The degree of severity of the infection varies greatly. We recommend travellers who are concerned to make an appointment with their family GP, especially if travelling with children to receive advice.

In general travellers should
1. Eat only from reputable outlets. Do not be afraid to ask questions.
2. Carry with them broad spectrum antibiotics (which we can supply as part of a first aid kit specifically tailored to your needs)
3. Wash hands directly before a meal
4. Be aware of underlying medical conditions which may complicate a bout of food poisoning
5. Make friends/family, tour guides and relevant others of medical conditions.
6. Keep hydrated as dehydration can be swift and put stress on major organs
7. Seek medical attention immediately if concerned from a reputable clinic


Although Bali has a dog vaccination program, Rabies continues to occur with confirmed cases and potential cases every year from those who receive bites. Also unfortunately, travellers, including children are encouraged by local guides to feed the monkeys. One bite from an infected animal can be potentially fatal for those who are not immunised. Rabies is the one disease that is 100% fatal once symptoms develop. This makes immunisation essential as it is now very difficult to receive the immunoglobulin to neutralise the virus within 24 hours of a bite.


We strongly recommend all travellers to Bali, including children be immunised against this disease. One schedule of immunisation sets a traveller up by providing immunity for life no matter where they travel to on the globe.

If you are bitten we recommend you wash the wound with detergent or soap under running water for 15 minutes then seek medical attention URGENTLY.

In January THIS year there were 17 confirmed cases of measles amongst travellers returning from Bali. Measles is HIGHLY contagious.


We highly recommend immunisation against measles amongst travellers to Bali, even if immunisation was received in childhood.

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