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Bali Rabies Death Toll Now 108

Bali Records 108th Death in Ongoing Battle with Rabies Epidemic.

(12/11/2010) Kompas.com confirms that the rabies virus has now claimed 108 victims in Bali.

Ketut Gede (55) from Bangli died at the Sanglah General Hospital shortly after presenting with the clinical symptoms of rabies. "The victim was experiencing seizures, difficulties in swallowing, and phobias to both water and light," explained Dr. IGB Ken Wirasandhi of the rabies control team at the hospital. The man died only two hours after his admission to the hospital on Tuesday, December 7, 2010.

Dr. Wirasandhi confirmed that the man was, in fact, bitten by a dog. However, before, the dog could be isolated and observed to see if it succumbed to rabies, the animal died after being accidentally struck by car. Unfortunately, the dead animal's carcass was not tested for rabies and Ketut Gede neglected to obtain anti-rabies serum.

Since the initial confirmation of rabies in Bali in late 2008, the number of deaths attributed to the disease now stands at 108.

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