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South Bali Leads the Way in War on Rabies

Vaccination and Elimination Continue as Bali Tries to Curb its Mounting Rabies Epidemic.

(3/27/2010) As Bali's human toll now exceeds more than 40 deaths in the continuing rabies epidemic, Radar Bali reports than more than 68,000 dogs have been eliminated since late 2009.

The head of the public relations and protocol department of Bali's provincial government , Ketut Teneng, confirmed that the elimination of dogs will continue. The dogs to be destroyed will be those showing indications of rabies, stray dogs and sick animals. The official count of dogs killed through March 18, 2010 has reached 68,868.

During the same period the government estimates that nearly half of Bali's canines have been vaccinated. Data from provincial authorities record 239,654 vaccinations against an estimated 447,966 dogs living on Bali.

The highest level of vaccination of local dog populations has taken place in the Badung regency where 96% of the dogs have been inoculated.

Government authorities feel that if all of Bali's remaining regencies and municipalities can emulated Badung's example then Bali can once again become free of the scourge of rabies by 2012.

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