Containing Contagion

Bali Spending Nearly US2 million to Fight Rabies
The Province of Bali is allocating Rp. 9 billion (US$750,000) each year to fight and control rabies on the Island. This amount includes purchases of rabies inoculations for pets and anti-rabies vaccine for people bitten animals suspected to be infected with rabies.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the head of the Bali Provincial Health Department, Dr. Ketut Suarjaya, said, that if all financial resources used in Bali’s fight against rabies is totaled the actual total – including money spent on anti-rabies vaccines – is something between Rp. 18-25 billion (US$1.5 –US$2 million).

Suarjaya conformed that the province has a stand-by supply of 25,000 dosage of anti-rabies serum for human use for those suffering from animal bites.  Bali’s top health official called on villages across Bali to make local rules requiring the vaccination of dogs and limiting the ability of pets to free roam.

Suarjaya said the government has identified 75 points in Buleleng and Karangasem where they believe active rabies cases still exist. Bali’s latest human fatality attributed to rabies took place on Friday, October 31, 2014 when a patient from East Bali dies in the isolation ward of Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital.

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