Bali Sets Up 58 Rabies Prevention Centers

DENPASAR ~

The Bali provincial administration has set up at least 58 rabies prevention centers in several districts and cities in Bali to avoid the increase of rabies cases on the island.

“We have prepared 58 rabies unit centers for the people to handle the dog bite in Bali,” the head of the Environment Restructure and Disease Control Board, dr Gede Wira Sunetra, said here on Sunday.

The 58 rabies centers are located across Bali including 14 units in Gianyar, 10 units in Jembrana, seven units in Badung and Buleleng each, six units in Tabanan, four units in Klungkung and Karangasem each and three units in Bangli.

“Meanwhile, we only prepare three rabies centers in Denpasar area,” Wira said.

The rabies prevention centers were set up in response to the rising dog bite cases in Bali which reached 3,782 from 2013 to April 2014, he said.

“The average daily dog bite cases are recorded at 126 in several districts and cities in Bali,” he said.

The figure was recorded at 122 in the same period a year earlier which saw the total bite cases of 3,724, he said.

He added no casualties caused by dog bites were reported in the January-April 2014. “We hope there will be no casualties caused by rabies cases,” he said.

Wira said the office has found a potential rabies case in Buleleng District. However, it has not found any similar case in Denpasar and Badung areas.

The office noted from 2013 to April 2014, there were 521 dog bite cases in Denpasar, 720 in Badung, 562 in Gianyar, 460 in Buleleng, 450 in Tabanan, 359 in Karangasem, 283 in Bangli, 216 in Klungkung and 191 in Jembrana.

Signs of the dog that infected by rabies virus can be seen from the saliva amount (hipersaliva) of the animal.

“Besides, the dogs that become aggressive and afraid to see water are also predicted to be infected by rabies,” he said.

Wira suggested that the people immediately clean the wound after being bitten by dog and report to the center or hospital to get anti-rabies injection.

“I advice the people to immediately clean their wound after being bitten by dog,” Wira said.

Denpasar Government put target to provide antirabies vaccination to 55 thousand dogs in the capital city of Bali Province during 2014.

“Until now there are two districts, namely West and East Denpasar Denpasar whose vaccination process is almost complete,” said Head of Animal Health Division of Department of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Marine Denpasar, drh Luh Sri Urpini, on Saturday.

According to him, the process of the vaccination is conducted from April 15 until the end of June 2014. Until now the process is constrained by the availability of the vaccine from the Bali Provincial Health Department.

“In 2013 we have vaccinated53 thousand dogs in Denpasar,” he said.

For workers involved in vaccination until June are from the vets who serve in the Department of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Marine Denpasar assisted by some veterinarians who just graduated from college.

“For vaccination in each banjar (customary hamlet), we also deploy eight other officers to help,” said Luh Sri.

For areas that have a lot of dog population, she added, is in the District of South Denpasar, like Pemogan, Pedungan and Gelogor Carik.

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