• Mosquitoes and Dengue Fever

  • Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, predominantly in tropical environments.

    Western Australian’s most commonly come back to Australia with dengue fever after a visit to Bali.

    Symptoms of dengue fever include:

    • high temperatures one week from infection
    • severe headaches
    • pain behind the eyes
    • joint and muscle aches
    • a metallic taste in the mouth
    • loss of appetite
    • abdominal pain
    • nausea and vomiting
    • diarrhoea
    • skin rash that appears about four days after the onset of fever

    How to Avoid Dengue Fever in Bali?

    Easier said than done, but the best way is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.

    Many travellers have their own hacks, including this one from on a TripAdvsior forum where a user shares her method of dousing clothes with a supermarket mosquito spray that contains permethrin and allowing them to dry before wearing.

    Taking other precautions such as ensuring windows are closed towards the evening and be aware that mosquitoes will be taking refuge in covered, shady areas and are active in those conditions during the day making them harder to avoid.

    How to Treat Dengue Fever?

    Unfortunately, there is no treatment or vaccine, only management of symptoms.

    Providing there are no complications, a doctor will likely advise bed rest as well as plenty of water.

    As with our tips above, prevention is far better than treatment so take every precaution that is reasonably possible when travelling to Bali or other tropical environments where dengue fever is known to be present.