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.