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A Hair of the Dog

Buleleng, Bali Records Second Rabies Death in January with Death of a Seven-Year-Old Boy

(2/15/2014) A 7-year-old boy in Buleleng, North Bali has died of suspected rabies.

The Bali Post reports that Kadek Rianata from the Village of Suwug in the Sawan sub-district of Buleleng died at the Buleleng General Hospital on January 25, 2014. The boy had suffered a dog bite at his home one month before on December 17, 2103.

In an unusual development, the press reports that the boy's father who was more severely bitten by the dog sought and received anti-rabies serum, but the boy's parents did not bother to seek similar treatment for their son.

Local villagers, precluding a chance for health officials to run tests to confirm the dog had died of rabies, disposed of the dog’s carcass.

The untreated 7-year-old boy fell sick one month after he was bitten and was hospitalized for suspected rabies for two days before his death on January 25th.

Typically, once the clinical symptoms of rabies have manifested themselves in a patient no amount of medical attention can prevent the disease from taking its fatal course.

Earlier another Buleleng resident Nyoman Swastika (46) died on Saturday, January 4, 2104 from rabies after being bitten by a local puppy.

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