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Rainy Season? Please Beware of Dengue Fever in Bali!

The rainy season is now started to accompany Bali for a few months to come. Aside from preparing umbrellas and raincoats, we should anticipate our health conditions during rainy days. People catching a cold and flu will become common, but there is a disease that always haunts us mostly in tropical areas: dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever. As a tourist who wants to enjoy the beauty of Bali, you need to pay attention to dengue fever because in some cases severe dengue fever can be life-threatening. This article will help you recognize the symptoms of the infection and anything you can do to make you feel better while seeking help from healthcare professionals.

What is dengue fever?

Dengue is a viral disease with mosquitoes as its vector and has rapidly spread to all regions in recent years. Dengue causes a broad spectrum of diseases that can range from subclinical diseases (people may not realize that they got dengue) to severe symptoms and hemorrhage. The virus is mainly transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. This variant of mosquitoes is widespread throughout the tropics. It means that about half of the population in the world is at risk of dengue fever.

Based on dengue cases reported by WHO, the number of dengue cases increased over 8 fold in the last 2 decades. The number grew from 505 thousand cases in 2000 to over 5.2 million in 2019. Reported death also rose from 960 cases in 2000 to 4032 in 2015.
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What are the symptoms of dengue fever?

The most common symptom of dengue is fever. The high fever (the body temperature will get to 40oC) will be followed by nausea and vomiting. A rash appears two to five days after the onset of fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, bone pain, and pain behind the eyes. These mild symptoms may be mistaken for flu or another illness and will happen 4 to 10 days after getting bitten by mosquitoes.

People mostly recover within a week or so, but in some cases, the symptoms worsen and become severe and life-threatening. This condition happens when the platelets in our bloodstream drop drastically and blood vessels become damaged. Please beware of several symptoms: stomach pain, constantly vomiting, bleeding from gums or nose, fatigue, and restlessness. Seek the nearest hospitals and medical clinics if severe symptoms occur.

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What to do if you get symptoms of dengue fever in Bali?

Please note that there is no specific treatment for dengue fever. The treatments are focused on treating the symptoms. Mild symptoms such as headache and fever can be treated by taking pain relievers with acetaminophen (paracetamol) and avoiding medication with ibuprofen and aspirin. However, it’s best if you get medical assistance as soon as possible since the symptoms can become life-threatening and severe if don’t immediately treat. A blood test is also required to confirm that you’ve got dengue.

In this condition, keeping your body hydrated and getting plenty of rest is the first priority that leads you to speed up recovery. It’s important to get plenty of water during your rest. IV therapy is also recommended to keep you hydrated, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you got similar symptoms linked to dengue fever. We can also provide general practitioners to your place in order to provide medications and medical escort needed.


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