A rise in infectious diseases contracted in Bali has been noted among Western Australians.
The most commonly-acquired disease in Indonesia for 2012 was Dengue fever. There have been more than 400 known cases of the disease in WA, with tourists back from Indonesia making up 80 per cent of all cases.
According to WA Health Department researchers, last year saw more than 2600 notifiable infectious diseases contracted overseas, with 41 per cent acquired in Indonesia. Most of those came from Bali.
Other diseases to watch for in Indonesia include Salmonella gastroenteritis, Campylobacter gastroenteritis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
Less common cases included hepatitis A, HIV, legionnaires’ disease, malaria, typhus and typhoid fever. Last year, 157 people also needed rabies prophylaxis after animal encounters in Bali.
From 2006 to 2012, the number of notifiable cases originating in Indonesia increased six-fold, from 178 to 1078.