Taking the Bite Out of a Bali Holiday

Provincial Authorities Say Ignorance is a Main Reasons Bali Can’t Bring Rabies Under Control
The province of Bali remains committed to reduce the number of dog bites as the vector for spread of rabies in Bali. During the period January – October 2014 a total of 110 dog bite incidents were recorded in the province.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the chief of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department for the province of Bali, Dr. IKG Natakesuma said: “Of the 110 cases, the greatest number occurred in the regency of Karangasem with 24 bites.

The province has been socializing information on rabies and distributing vaccine to the Island’s eight regencies and one municipality in order to fight the disease.

Health officials say that continuing deaths attributed to rabies are due to the lack of public education on the dangers of rabies and the failure to seek anti-rabies inoculation after being bitten by a dog.

Also thwarting official efforts to bring rabies under control is the local tradition of allowing “pet” dogs to roam freely and the resulting large floating population of feral dogs.

Poor control of rubbish on the island is also blamed for providing a ready food supply for the feral population of canines in which rabies can often thrive.

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