Destination Information for Indonesia
Indonesia is an archipelago in South East Asia comprising of over 17,000 islands, over 300 languages and is known to have the world’s largest number of active volcanoes. This island is perfect for exploring. There are just two seasons in Indonesia: the dry season and the monsoon season. The monsoon season lasts from November until March where there’s rainfall every day, mainly towards the end of the day for a few hours. The dry season tends to get very busy with temperatures of 30 degrees and lasts from April until October.
One of the main things you could do while in Indonesia is to take boat trips to explore different islands. Tour operators offer a good selection of island hopping tours; this is a great opportunity to explore all the islands in and around this beautiful country.
You will need to protect yourself from various possible illness and diseases. You can do this by visiting London Travel Clinic where there is specialist nurses offering excellent information on the correct Indonesia Travel Vaccinations required. We are also able to administer vaccinations and supply medication and various accessorie
Rabies (Human) in Indonesia (Bali)
Rabies virus infection is an ongoing problem in Bali, Indonesia. The media has reported that the Provincial Health Service in Bali has confirmed one further human death from rabies. This brings the total number of human rabies deaths thus far in 2015 to 9.
The latest case was a 15-year-old high school student who was bitten by a dog (no further information); the young person died in Sanglah hospital in Denpasar on 4th June 2015. The media report makes no mention of any rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) administered to the patient; previous media reports have highlighted a shortage of rabies PEP in Bali.
Advice for Travellers
The rabies situation has improved in Bali but remains an ongoing problem. The Badung regency includes the main tourist destinations of the island. Travellers should be aware of the risk in Bali and avoid animal contact and report any bites promptly. Pre-exposure vaccination should be considered for those at risk.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout Sumatra, Indonesian Borneo, West Timor, Flores and surrounding islands and coastal areas of New Guinea. The interior of Java, Lombok and the Gili islands are also high risk and anti-malarial medication is advised. There is a low to no risk in the coastal areas of Java, the interior of New Guinea and Bali where anti-malarial medication is not normally advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.