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Rabies crisis not over yet

  • Trisha Sertori

    Contributor

Bali   /   Thu, February 4 2010   /  01:03 pm

Beware of rabies: A stray dog scavenges among a pile of garbage. The Bali administration has recently enacted bylaws to keep dogs off the streets.Deadly rabies has spread from Bali’s tip of Nusa Dua to most regencies in the province, with only Negara in the west yet to report rabies.This rapid transmission does not surprise vets who called for stronger action from the government when the disease was first confirmed in a human corpse in November 2008, and then discovered in dogs in December of the same year. Compounding what some vets see as former ineffective action by government departments is Bali’s more than half a million dogs that bite more than 16,000 people each year. This figure from Sanglah Hospital Rabies Team only include more than 1,000 dog bites per month treated at Karangasem Hospital. Unreported dog bites or numbers from other hospitals across the island could push thi...