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Jakarta Post

Soeharsono: When smuggling becomes a public health issue

  • Trisha Sertori

DENPASAR   /   Thu, February 26 2009   /  01:14 pm

Soeharsono: JP/J.B. Djwan Veterinarian Soeharsono was enjoying life as a small animal vet in Denpasar until the recent outbreak of rabies in Bali shattered his calm. For more than a quarter of a century, he hunted down the zoonotic diseases that make the leap from animals to humans – he knows how murderous they can be – at least six people have died in Bali from rabies since last November – and how simple to stop them dead in their tracks when everyone plays by the rules. Trained at the world’s leading Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh, Soeharsono spent his working life in animal disease diagnostics “basically I’m a lab man” at Bali’s Balai Penyidikan Penyakit Hewan Regional Denpasar (Denpasar Regional Animal Sickness Education Center) from 1975 until his retirement to his veterinary practice in 2001. For much of that time, he c...