Bali – Japanese Encephalitis

The media is reporting an increase in the number of cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Bali. Children are thought to be at more risk from complications of the disease. A vaccination campaign aimed at children is underway for Balinese locals. A mosquito borne infection, JE is relatively rare but can have serious outcomes if contracted. Generally considered low risk for travellers to Bali (depending on activity, location of stay and season) there have been rare cases of individuals who contracted it during short stays, highlighting that even short trips can put visitors at risk. Vaccination is an option but not routinely recommended for everyone. Anyone travelling to Bali wanting further advice should read our blog and/or make an appointment to discuss the risks with one of our doctors.