Rabies Claims 100th Life

Rabies Claims 100th Life

An island-wide outbreak of rabies in Bali claimed its 100th victim on Friday, Sanglah Hospital said.

The head of the Denpasar hospital’s rabies team, Dr Ken Wirasandi, said a 40-year-old Balinese man had died from the deadly virus during the night.

The man had earlier been admitted to Sanglah with telltale symptoms of rabies such as aversions to light and water. Rabies is untreatable, and invariably fatal, once symptoms appear.

The disease was identified in the southern Bukit area in late 2008.

A government culling program to try eradicate a sizeable portion of the island’s estimated 560,000 stray dogs has given way to a foreign-funded vaccination scheme.

Vaccinations of stray dogs, the primary vector of rabies, began on World Rabies Day on September 28, but since then there has been no sign of vaccination teams at villages around Bali.

The governments of the United States and Australia have cautioned their citizens about the rabies threat in Bali.

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The Bali Times