the SE Asian SARS outbreak, Indonesia allegedly escaped
being infected, yet did so little to avoid it. But then
it is amazing some of the health claims that come from
Bali and Indonesia anyway. No SARS on Bali. No typhoid
on Bali. No malaria on Bali. Good heavens no, it would
scare the tourists away! It is bad enough having a soaring
crime epidemic and terrorism risk without having a major
health scare as well.
What health risk?! Picture right: Open sewer
/ raw sewerage besides the Bali Hai Hotel, Kuta Beach.
We have credible reports of tourists staying
in even 5 star Bali hotels and contracting serious diseases
such as typhoid & Cholera. One young Australian
tourist girl who stayed in Bali in 2004 is now in a
wheelchair because of it. We believe it is appropriate
to point out the illegal wholesaler dumping of effluence
that occurs in the tourist south (picture left is Nusa
Dua), and also the number of open sewers that dump untreated
sewerage onto the beach / into the sea, which is likely
right is an illegal rubbish dumping area on a main street
in Kuta (a perfect breeding ground for disease carrying
What makes matters worse, is we suspect the Indonesian
Authorities of covering outbreaks of things like SARS
/ chicken flu up. We will tell you why........
The Balinese have a name for a "disease
disaster from hell" which is sent to afflict them
via their animals (including pigs, but mostly chickens).
They call it "Gerubug", and try to get rid
of it with ceremonies (as it came from hell). Gerubug
is a disease disaster as many people contract it, not
just one or two. During the SARS epidemic in SE ASIA,
we have reports of Gerubug where the afflicted people
were taken away and allegedly never returned. What makes
matters worse is that most, if not all Balinese sell
poultry that have died by disease for human consumption.
& Japanese Encephalitis
These particularly nasty diseases are as a
result of being "bitten" by an infected mosquito.
Mosquitoes love dirty, stagnant, still water. Exactly
what you find in garbage which has simply been thrown
down. Rain water splashes inside this, and then stagnates.
The Balinese have a terrible attitude and therefore
problem with garbage dumping, yet at the same time try
to convince people there is no mosquito born disease
in Bali. There is, Bali is malarial, it is a fact. The
Balinese need to clean up their island, literally and
figuratively, stop blaming others for littering, and
stop dumping garbage everywhere.
Take a look at any river or stream near a town or village
in Bali, especially those in the tourist areas, and
you will see masses of litter. The Balinese blame other
people for this. But it is them, just take a look at
any Hindu shrine in Bali where there are food / drink
stalls. The Balinese buy, eat / drink and then drop
whatever it was their food or drink was in right where
they stand. And remember, mosquitoes do not need to
travel far to find you. Don't take malaria home as a
Where do we start? First, "Bali Belly"
did not become one the world's most known phrases for
no reason. The Balinese are given little or no discipline
or training regarding food hygiene. Items are kept long
past when they should. Cooked and raw meats are frequently
allowed to cross-contaminate each other. Food previously
frozen and then thawed is refrozen, perhaps several
times. Staff hygiene can be nonexistent. Contaminated
(diseased) meat is sold for human consumption.
Fish is generally (despite popular belief it is caught
off the coast of Bali) reared / fished in Java and then
brought to Bali by road; both under questionable diligence.
Seafood caught off Bali are meant to be caught far enough
out to sea to avoid the pollution, but fisherman save
money by fishing closer in then they should. Some still
resort to poisoning fish to catch them. Seafood restaurants
often stuff lead into fish on display (where you select
your fish) in order to make them heavier on the scales
(by which you are charged). Finally, farmers use pesticides
and herbicides wholesale. Often those that have been
banned in other countries through health risk concerns.
For example, DDT is still widely used in Indonesia.
Do you remember the horror stories of what DDT does
to you? And of course all of these chemicals end up
in both the food chain and the rivers / water supply.
Please do not become a victim or part
of the problem. Read:
Tourism (Should I go, where, and how do I avoid
adding to the problem / putting myself / my family at
risk in Bali?).