Warning for Aussie’s in Bali after spike in Japanese Encephelatis cases

Australians are being urged to take extra precautions when visiting Bali, with the popular holiday destination reportedly experiencing a spike in cases of Japanese Encephalitis.

Japanese Encephalitis is an infection found in Asia and the west Pacific that can cause brain swelling.

It’s mostly transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, but birds, bats, cows and pigs can also carry the infection.


Symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, seizures, disorientation and paralysis.

In a tweet on Friday morning, the Australian Government urged Australians to check with their doctor about vaccinations before heading to the tourist hotspot.

“If you’re heading to Bali and you’ve seen reports about Japanese Encephalitis, check with your doctor about vaccinations and read our travel advice before you go,” the Government’s Smartraveller twitter page reads.

Tourists are also being urged to use insect repellent, avoid rural areas and to only stay in accommodation that has air conditioning or fly-screens on windows.