Gianyar Man Dies of Rabies

DENPASAR

A man from Tegallalang in Gianyar died of rabies in Sanglah Hospital on Saturday — only 20 minutes after being admitted to the hospital’s rabies ward.

Gianyar is one of the two regencies where proponents of a vaccination-only rabies control programme conducted the pilot programme that led this month to the provincial government agreeing to a foreign-funded mass vaccination programme as an alternative to mass dog culls.

Wayan Leges, 43, of Banjar Taro Kaja in Tegallalang, was declared a rabies case by the Sanglah rabies team. Its secretary, Dr Ken Wirasandhi, said the man died at 12.30am, shortly after admission.

“He had been under our nursing care for 20 minutes,” Dr Wirasandhi said.

Leges was bitten on his right leg about two months ago but according to Dr Wirasandhi the bites were not dealt with seriously. “There is no history of wound care or of anti-rabies vaccine,” he said.

He said it was certain Leges had rabies, from observation of the clinical symptoms he showed. “Phobia had emerged so it was almost certainly rabies,” he said.

Until Saturday’s death there had been no recorded human rabies fatalities in Gianyar or neighbouring Bangli regency since the Bali Animal Welfare Association — which has been given the job of managing the new island-wide scheme — began its pilot community-based dog-vaccination programme in both districts.

Nearly 100 people have died from rabies in Bali since the outbreak began almost two years ago.

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2 Responses to “Gianyar Man Dies of Rabies”

  1. Will Says:

    So, the BAWA want responsibility for the management of the clean-up of rabies on Bali through vaccination programs. I take it that they also will accept the responsibility of future deaths to Humans whilst they seek their soft approach crusade?
    Questions arise;
    Will the animal be permanently tagged to identify vaccination? As opposed to some weakened dye?
    Will controls be issued to animal and owners (confinement within compounds = off-the -streets)?
    Will a registration system commenced through all Banjar offices to all owners?
    Will all non-tagged dogs be removed and destroyed if above conditions are breached?
    Will compensation be paid to people bitten under their reign of management? (Hospitalisation/treatment/burial)
    BAWA, you have taken on a task bigger than you believe. Containment with vaccination, then eradication of non-vaccinated animal is the only clear sensible way – proven with many species of animal disease in the past – Globally my friends.
    Good luck, and sleep conscience free.
    Will. Jl.Gl Carik

  2. James Says:

    BAWA is doing a tremendous job, must better than what the government was doing. Not only are they vaccinating dogs, but they are educating the public. The sad part is most death are avoidable, but the government is note taking education seriously. Many people get bit and don’t treat their wounds. Bali is a big island and dogs roam, blaming BAWA for deaths is ridiculous. Had the government listened to them and WHO at the very beginning of the epidemic, Nusa Dua would have been isolated. Instead, the government of Bali ignored their recommendations and the virus has spread island wide. Gianyar has shown to be one of the safest places for rabies because of the work from BAWA. Dog culling was going on everywhere else and did not improve the situation, this is why the government finally accepted BAWA and WHO’s way. You’ll note that culling has never been shown to be effective.

    My wife got bit the other day and BAWA was a huge help. They gave us tips right away on their hotline and Janice spoke to me personally. They sent their ambulance to pick up the dog. These people are the real deal. They care and work to stop the rabies epidemic. You should throw them flowers, not spit on them.

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