THE Department of Health and
Ageing is urging healthcare
professionals to be on the look out
for Aussies who have recently
returned from Bali and who
experience “flu like symptoms”.
The alert is in response to a
growing number of travellers
returning from the Indonesian
island with Legionnaires’ disease.
“Over recent months, Australian
health authorities have been made
aware of 11 cases of Legionnaires
disease detected in Victorian and
Western Australian residents
returning from holidays in the Kuta
area of Bali between August 2010
and January 2011,” a statement
from the Health Dept said.
“There are specific antibiotics
available to treat the disease,” said
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer,
Professor Jim Bishop.
“The time between a person’s
exposure to the bacteria and
becoming sick is usually between
two to 10 days,” he added.
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