Bali causes WA dengue spike – The West AustralianPosted: January 30, 2013
A recent report by the Health Department and National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee urged travellers to take precautions against mosquito bites in South East Asia.
The researchers said though the number of Australians going to Indonesia, particularly from WA, had risen sharply in recent years, it did not completely explain the big increase in dengue fever in those returning.
They speculated the rise could be related to changes in the presence of dengue fever in places such as Bali or because tourists were behaving differently and putting themselves at greater risk of infection.
They also warned that dengue fever could become endemic in Queensland and the type of mosquito which carried the virus could move into northern parts of WA and the Northern Territory.