Bali’s target to be free of rabies by the end of 2012 is becoming something of a distant dream with four deaths attributed to the disease in 2012 through the end of April.
In official terms, a geographical region can only claim to be free of the scourge of rabies when an entire year passes without new case of rabies among the canine population and without a human death linked to rabies.
The head of Bali Health Service, Dr. Ketut Suarjaya, told the Bali Post that whether or not Bali can become free of rabies depends almost entirely on the absence of new cases among the island’s dog population.
Data provided by Dr. Suarjaya shows four human fatalities due to rabies for the period January-April 2012. The total number of deaths counted from the start of the current epidemic in 2008 has reached 141. The number of dog bite incidents recorded in 2011 totaled 56,016.
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