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Purr-fect News for Bali

No Indication of Rabies Infection Within Bali's Cat Population.

(7/3/2010) Laboratory tests conducted by the Bali Animal Husbandry Service and the Island's Veterinary Service on blood drawn from two domestic cats suspected of rabies have proven negative. According to beritabali.com, the results verify that no evidence of rabies infection among Bali's cat population have been found to date.

The latest blood tests were conducted following the death of a child in Buleleng, North Bali, after being bitten by a household cat. Post-mortem examinations of the child's body also confirmed that she died of a non-rabies-related infection.

The head of Bali's animal husbandry department, Putu Sumantra, told the press on June 30, 2010, that tests carried out on domestic cats in 9 regencies and metropolitan areas of Bali all tested negative for rabies.

Sumatra also confirmed that plans are in hand to test Bali's monkey population for rabies. "For monkeys we will work the Bali Veterinary Association and local villages where many captive monkeys are kept as pets," he explained.

Since the outbreak of rabies in late 2009, an estimated 29,000 dogs have been eliminate and some 300,000 canines have been vaccinated.