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Does Bali's Rabies Vectors Now Include Cats?

Most Recent Rabies Death in North Bali Cast Suspicion on Island's Feline Population.

(5/17/2010) Bali's continuing rabies epidemic took another turn with the death of a 13-year-old school girl in Pemaron, Buleleng, North Bali on Friday, May 14, 2010.

Kadek Vina Kurniadewi died with "rabies-like" symptoms after being hospitalized for one day.

Suggesting a new vector for the deadly disease, the most recent animal bite suffered by the child was from a cat 3-months prior to her death. In years previous to the recent cat attack, the girl had been bitten by a monkey and a dog.

The cat bites were reportedly suffered when the girl tried to separate her pet cat engaged in a fight with a stray cat, resulting in a bit from the stray cat.