Rabies rebounds in Bali, Indonesia

After major efforts to control rabies in Bali during the past several years, the disease appears to have rebounded. As of the end of July, the Bali Provincial Health Bureau has recorded 18,000 dog bite cases, of whom 11 have been infected with the rabie virus and died.

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Advice For Travellers

Rabies virus is found almost everywhere in the world, but because Bali is a major tourist destination, Sitata wishes to advise travellers of the particular risk at this destination. All contact with dogs and cats should be avoided. There may be temporary shortages of rabies vaccine for treatment for bites.

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers who may be involved in outdoor activities (e.g., campers, hikers, bikers, adventure travellers, and cavers) in countries with high numbers of rabid dogs, bats, and other mammals. Those with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) and long-term travellers and expatriates are at higher risk and should also be vaccinated.

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