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Trouble in Bali, Burundi

August 20, 2007 By: Dan Butcher Travel Agent

Hawaii isn't the only destination that agents need to monitor, as a recent death from bird flu in Bali and unrest in Burundi have raised concerns about travel to the two countries.  There has been a death from bird flu in Bali

The death of a woman from bird flu on Bali has dealt another blow to the tourism industry there, raising fears at a time when the island had begun to rebound from past setbacks. Bali has suffered two terrorist attacks in recent memory: Nightclub bombings claimed more than 200 lives in 2002, and terrorists blew up two restaurants in 2005, killing 20 people, including five tourists.

Most recently, the woman died in the capital, Denpasar, marking Bali's first-recorded bird-flu death. Doctors are trying to determine whether her two-year-old daughter, who died recently after playing with chickens, also had the virus, Britain's The Independent reports.

Bali's tourist numbers have started to improve recently: Visitor arrivals rose by 34 percent in the first half of 2007, to 781,059 people, from a year ago, according to The Independent. An important U.N. climate change conference is being held there in December, with about 10,000 people expected to attend.

In the case of Burundi, the U.S. Department of State has reissued a travel warning for the small country in east Africa due to fears that the civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus, which raged from 1993 to 2006, may reignite.

Americans who travel to there are urged to contact the U.S. embassy in Bujumbura for security guidelines, and to register at the State Department's travel web site,

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