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Rabies on the Run in Bali

Latest Anti-rabies Campaign in Bali will See 250,000 Dogs Vaccinated before June 2012

(2/12/2012) The Bali Livestock and Animal Health Department are targeting that 250,000 dogs will be vaccinated before the end of the first half of 2012 in order to halt the spread of rabies.

The head of the Bali Livestock Service, I Putu Sumantra, confirmed that the third wave of mass vaccinations for dogs in Bali would begin in late March 2012.

Sumantra also said the control of Bali’s canine population was essential to combating disease. This is being achieved in part by combining the vaccine given to the dogs with supplemental hormones that delay ovulation in bitches.

Officials say the rate of new rabies infections among Bali’s dog population is on the decline. While an average 45 cases of rabies were reported each month between October 2010 and April 2011. During the period May 2011 until December 2011 the average number of new rabies cases had declined to 8 dogs.

The current campaign against rabies will commence from Bali’s eastern region of Klungkung and eventually include all areas of the island.