Australians warned about travelling to Bali over Zika Virus fears

Australian travellers are being warned about holidaying in Bali, with the popular tourist destination experiencing ‘sporadic transmission’ of the Zika virus.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warned Australian’s travelling to Indonesia to exercise a high degree of caution.

“We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali,” the department’s advice reads.


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“Indonesia is experiencing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. We advise all travellers to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”

The mosquito-born virus is known to cause serious birth defects.

“Given the possibility that Zika virus can cause severe malformations in unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with the travel doctor and consider postponing travel to Indonesia,” DFAT states.

 

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