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Down for the Count?

Rabies Infections Down by More than 76% in Bali, but Four Villages Still Rated as Centers of Active Contagion

(1/20/2012) Field surveys carried out by the Bali Livestock and Animal Health Service have identified 4 villages in Bali still classified as areas of active contagion for rabies.

Beritabali.com lists two villages in the regency of Jembrana, one village in the regency of Bangli and a final village in the regency of Klungkung - where rabies remains endemic.

The chief of the Livestock and Animal Health Service for Bali, Putu Sumantra, told the press on Thursday, January 19, 2012, that as a whole the number of active cases of rabies have dramatically decreased in Bali.

From its height, the number of reported cases have decreased by 76%.

“The infection rate has really declined, moreover, the results of our observations, there is a more than 76% decline of positive cases of rabies among the dog population. In the past there were many cases, as many as 400 cases, but that number has really gone down, but rabies has yet to be eliminated,” explained Sumantra.

Sumantra said he hoped the public would quickly inform health officials whenever they encounter a dog identified as being infected with rabies in order that preventative steps can immediately be taken.