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Perth
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Bali Belli?

Hello Out there! I've Been trying to find info in these forums about Bali Belly Horror stories! Is this still something that is common, or has the quality/safety of restaurants improved and thus, it doesn't happen?

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1. Re: Bali Belli?

Bali Belly ( or the equivalent) happens in every country in the world.

In Bali I would be particularly careful because of the downturn in tourist numbers. Meaning less turnover of food. Look for places that have people in them and avoid buffets where food sits warm for hours (A recipe for disaster).

Wash your hands or use anti bacterial hand wipes.

Don't drink the water. You should be right.

If not, buy "entrostop" from the apotik (chemist). It's better than Imodium and only $1 for 8 tablets. I bring some home each trip.

Perth
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Thank you catalyst! some very good tips!

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Hi B Cradler,

For the first times in 4 trips both my wife and I got Bali Belly on our last trip to Bali in Jan 06.

The intersting thing is we normally take red cordial with us and have 1 every morning, which was a tip many aussies swear by. This time we didnt have the red cordial and got bali belly. But im not sure if this had anything to do with it !!!! maybe just a concidence.

We do manly eat Indonesian food while we are there and do agree you can only try to be carefull with your choice of restaurant. Although I dont think you need to eat at only popular more expensive places as some of the best meals we have experienced have been from smaller warungs that are also very cheap.

As far as horror stories go all I will say is I didnt help myself much as soon as I started to feel better I would start drinking alcohol again, and the next day I would be back where I started!! Because of this it took me about 10 days to get over properly.

Brisbane, Australia
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There's a book called Trevelling Well. It's given free to all patients of the TRavel Doctor (a travel specialist we use for our shots before we travel). If you can get your hands on a copy of this book it's great, filled with all the travel illnesses, their symptoms and tips on what to do if you contract something. I think there is a Travel Doctor in each capital city.

We also found the local people involved in the tourist industry were very heplful with sugestions on good places to eat, that weren't a threat to our health.

Our motto is Take all the precautions and then if still in doubt, don't eat it.

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I just got back from two weeks in Bali and had no trouble. Just drink bottled water (and use it for brushing your teeth) and you will probably be OK. I ate lots of dishes with fresh vegetables and fresh fruit from a wide range of places including little non tourist warungs. That probably isn't the smartest thing to do but I suffered no ill effects. I think E. Coli and other critters in tap water is probably your biggest worry. I talked to lots of tourists and nobody had experienced Bali Belly. Maybe it was just luck?

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We got Bali Belli on last part of our trip.

I suggest talking to your doctor before you go. Ours prescribed some antibiotics and it cleared up all our troubles.

BTW, we took all the precautions and still got sick. But we also ate a little local establishments. The food was good but we paid the price!

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Basically in most cases it is the water that gives you Bali Belly here - The Balinese and long time residents build up a resistance to it so it would take quite a lot of water to ingest to make them sick where as someone who has only been here a few days can get quite sick by just injesting a small amount... either by using tap water to brush their teeth or drinking out of a glass that has been rinsed out and not dried properly or fruit / veg cleaned in tap water ... I have to explain to my house staff this type of thing as it is a foreign concept (generally doesn't make them sick) I have a reasonable resistance now but it can be disastrous sometimes ... A couple of months ago some friends from NZ got married here and they held a welcome cocktail party for all the guests ... they had hired bar tenders from a restaurant to make all the drinks... as they were going through glasses at a high rate I noticed (a bit too late I'm afraid!) that they were rinsing them under the tap and pouring in the next cocktail without drying them! Well needless to say nearly all the guests got sick including the bride and groom! poor things (I was ok as I have been here a couple of years now...) I had a stern word to the bartenders about it and they couldn't understand the problem...