Rabies Kills Four in a Week

DENPASAR

Four people died of rabies in the first week of the new year, according to a statement from Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, Bali’s main rabies response hospital.

They were a 36-year-old man from Kubu in Karangasem, in Bali’s impoverished east; a 58-year-old man from Nusa Penida who became the first recorded rabies death on the satellite that is part of Klungkung regency; a 43-year-old man from Bumbungan in Klungkung; and an 11-year-old boy from Kusamba, also in Klungkung.

Sanglah said none of the victims had received post-exposure anti-rabies vaccinations after being bitten by dogs.

The island-wide rabies death toll now stands at 118 since the disease was first and belatedly identified in the southern Bukit area in November 2008 after several unexplained deaths earlier that year.

A government-run dog-vaccination campaign in cooperation with the Ubud-based Bali Animal Welfare Association has been under way since last September. Earlier culling attempts were called off.

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9 Responses to “Rabies Kills Four in a Week”

  1. Duncan Says:

    At this rate we can expect the Rabies deaths to double or more each year!
    A Disgraceful performance and ongoing response from those who should have the public’s and tourist’s health safeguarded from this fatal disease… For all our sakes they should cull!!!
    I wonder how many local deaths there are for Dengue fever too…!
    It seems that the tourists have’nt stopped coming but I am pretty sure they dont know that Bali is now a genuine risk to visit…

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  3. dave Says:

    Um, what happoened to BAWA?
    Are they done pontificating now? Maybe we could just go back to shooting ALL strays/anjing jalan,while were at it how about a couple of potshots at stupid interfering middle aged bule shp owners who think they are better at curing this problem,hasnt worked out so well,ive yet to see a painted dog….idiots…

  4. jake Says:

    The human race is running out of ways to kill people. Population numbers are getting out of control so we need to preserve and protect these natural remedies. No culling, introduce doggie feeding stations to keep these new pets (albiet aggessive slobbering pets) alive.

    Also please introduce a law that gives every 17 year old Balinese a brand new 750cc Kawasaki. Less be said.

  5. kenneth Says:

    bawa i a joke, after countless request they came to the pemogan region, handed out all new collars ..that were all taken off within three days!!!, my neighbour in the bukit died several years ago and my, neighbour across the road was bitten four months ago..bawa reckons that killing the dogs only clouds and confuses the problem, ill take a good night sleep over confusion any day!!do what the bukit did years ago, no collar your gone, look at nuse penida, well done, stop handing out money to these waste of time charities!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Mark Ulyseas Says:

    Apparently, dogs are more important then Balinese. Insaanyat (humanity) should also be shown to human beings like the Balinese, it is their home not those of the bleeding hearts of the canine world.

    Incidentally the authorities in home countries of those “foreigners” who are doing stellar work in promoting Insaanyat for dogs on the island would never allow such a situation to occur in their neighborhood and would immediately humanely put down diseased dogs.

  7. steve Says:

    army should of had live shooting pratice a long time ago as i wrote, kill the ……. dogs,you still see homeless dogs in very poor condition every where i go, if my young daughter gets bitten id want to do some culling of my own.human

  8. Kim Says:

    There needs to be more done about the rabies in Bali. Y/day an Australian living in Bali passed away from a cat bite. More needs to be done.

  9. Muddy Says:

    If more of the expats who insist on feeding the wandering dogs would stop feeding them, there wouldn’t be so many around. Let some of them get bitten and see what they think of their “little friends”

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