Even the smallest things can ruin a tropical holiday, a Kalgoorlie-Boulder resident found out last year when she was forced to return early from a trip to Bali.
For Jeanne Burmester, a mosquito bite resulted in a stint in the Bali International Medical Centre intensive care unit with dengue fever.
Four cases of dengue fever were notified in the Goldfields in the first half of 2012, according to a spokeswoman for the State Health Department.
The disease is also known as break-bone fever because of the acute pain in the body’s joints.
Mrs Burmester was one of 50 million people annually worldwide to have a dengue infection, according to World Health Organisation figures.
Mrs Burmester, who has travelled to Bali more than 20 times, said this was the first time she had contracted the virus.
It started off with flu-like symptoms including fever, chills and aching joints.