Rabies - Bali, Indonesia

Since the beginning of 2011, at least 5 people have died from rabies. Since reporting of cases may be incomplete, it is possible that there have been more cases. Rabies has been documented in every district on the main island, as well as other islands that fall under the jurisdiction of the Bali Health Office. A large scale campaign is underway to vaccinate approximetely 300,000 dogs to contain the outbreak.

The Australian government warns that people visiting Bali and other areas of Indonesia should avoid all direct contact with dogs, cats, monkeys and other animals that might carry the disease.

Travellers to Bali should be aware of the risk of exposure to this fatal virus. All contact with dogs should be completely avoided. Travellers should also be aware that treatment for exposure after being bitten may be limited in Indonesia. Travellers who are bitten may have to travel to another country to receive proper treatment.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Rabies.

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