Bali Tourists Hospitalised By Influenza Are Warning Other Travellers
A severe strain of influenza has reportedly struck down multiple people after visiting Bali.
Several Australians claim they have contracted the virus after catching flights back from the Indonesian island, taking to social media to share their stories.
Hayley Taylor says she was admitted to hospital, after complaining of a high fever and other influenza symptoms. She had flown back from her holiday in Bali on Thursday.
Posting on the Facebook group Bali Bogans, Hayley wrote: "There was a gentlemen on the plane with a violent cough, I hope he has had himself checked over."
Another passenger also said she had been affected after flying with a different airline. After returning to Australia from Bali on an Air Asia flight, she tested positive for Influenza A after being taken to hospital, and posted on Facebook to warn others.
She wrote: "I've just become hospitalised after coming back from Bali on 3rd May 2019. I have tested positive to Influenza A.
"I travelled on the AirAsia flight leaving Denpasar to Perth at 7.10am. The health authorities have been notified.
"I have somehow caught it from either Bali or on the plane, however we are unsure.
"I know there were kids on the flight, so please do the right thing and get them checked out please. I've hospitalised and have been bed ridden in isolation for 5 days.
"This is nasty, I've been on an IV, dosed with 4 diff anitbiotics a day, oxygen and have almost been a code blue. Thank you!"
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, associate professor of virology at Queensland University of Technology, Ian Mackay said: "The surfaces most likely to spread viruses are the harder shinier ones like plastic and steel that you find in touchscreen, air controls, tray tables and perhaps armrests.
"An infected person can suddenly develop a fever and chills, exhaustion, headache, muscle aches, cough and chest discomfort"
According to the virologist, it is not down to the air on planes - as it is well filtered.
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"The air on planes is very well filtered with filters designed to capture tiny droplets. Capturing and removing these droplets can stop influenza from being transmitted through the air and spreading to more people on a..
- ɪᴀɴ ᴍ ᴍᴀᴄᴋᴀʏ, ᴘʜᴅ (@MackayIM) May 20, 2019
Another woman posted on Facebook that she had also contracted the virus, joking that she had joined the 'influenza family'.
LADbible has contacted AirAsia for comment.
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