Warn­ing of mozzie ills

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIAN trav­ellers have been warned about vis­it­ing Bali and other pop­u­lar tourist spots in Asia af­ter a re­cent spike in a deadly mosquito­borne brain dis­ease.

In­done­sia’s health min­istry says cases of Ja­panese en­cephali­tis have risen in the coun­try.

The deadly dis­ease can also cause blind­ness, weak­ness and move­ment dis­or­ders. Signs of the vi­ral brain in­fec­tion in­clude fever, headache, neck stiff­ness, dis­ori­en­ta­tion, tremors, paral­y­sis and con­vul­sions, par­tic­u­larly in chil­dren.

The cur­rent fa­tal­ity rate in pa­tients with se­vere cases is be­tween 20 and 30 per cent.

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