Bali’s Badung region is targeting to be free of rabies by the end of December 2011. This target is one year faster than the provincial target to be "clean" of rabies by December 2012.
According to Bertiabali.com, the ability of Badung to achieve early success in the war on rabies is based on evaluation conducted between January and August in which no new cases of the disease have been found in the most populous southern region of Bali.
The chief of the Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Seas Department of the Badung administration, Made Badra, said he was delighted with the results of no new cases of rabies and the diminishing number of reports of dog bites in his region. At the height of the crisis there were 100 dog bite cases reported each day, a number that now amounts to one or two daily incidents.
Badra added that a vaccination program has had positive results with nearly 86% of all dogs in Badung now inoculated against the disease.
The total dog population in Badung is estimated at 50,000 animals.
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