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08 August 2010 :: 10:08:01 am 34715

Bali Rabies Outbreak Forces Widespread Vaccinations

All dogs in Bali are to be vaccinated against rabies in a bid to conquer the start of an epidemic that has claimed 76 lives in the last 2 years.
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Bali 8th August 2010:  Since the beginning of this year, around 34,000 people have been bitten by dogs roaming the island compared with 28,000 in the whole of last year, 2009.  The governments’ aim is to have all dogs vaccinated against this fatal disease by the end of this year.

There are thousands of dogs roaming around Bali that have yet to be vaccinated and around 200 teams will be working in the 700 villages  to ensure all dogs have the required vaccine.  Since 2008, around 300,000 dogs have been vaccinated

Although there are many Muslims on the island, Bali which is popular with tourists is predominantly Hindu where dogs are left to roam freely. Thousands of dogs have already been culled in order to control the disease and stop it spreading.

The latest victim who died from rabies on Tuesday was a 43 year old Balinese woman after being treated for the symptoms. She was taken to hospital after her condition had worsened, showing clinical symptoms and a phobia.  Bali has a serious shortage of the anti rabies vaccine for humans across the island.

Many of the locals are worried that the outbreak will effect tourism which is the islands main income, while Australia and America have both issued travel warnings to tourists about the degree of the disease that is rapidly increasing.

The World Health Organisation has estimated that more than 40,000 people die from rabies every year with most deaths occurring in developing countries.

Reggie Colbeck

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