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Indonesia acts to prevent rabies outbreak in Bali
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20:26, December 23, 2008

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Indonesian authorities have culled over 300 dogs and vaccinated some 3,000 others in Bali islands, as an effort to prevent an outbreak of rabies in the island, Antara news agency said here Tuesday.

Speaking at a media workshop in Bali, the lecturer of the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Udayana at the island I Gusti Ngurah Mahardika said that two people have died and seven others have been infected with rabies after being bitten by stray dogs in the island.

The lecturer said that the effort preventing the spread of the disease was carried out simultaneously in the island center of Indonesian tourism industry, especially in Badung district, where the cases take place.

Over 200,000 foreign tourists come to Bali per month, according to the statistic agency.

Mahardika said that 90 percent of the dog population in the district were vaccinated and the remaining 10 percent were eliminated.

The lecturer estimated that Bali Island had about 530,000 dogs, or 6.5 percent of the island's total population of 3.5 million people.

The Australian embassy recently informed that the Australian government supported Indonesia in addressing the rabies outbreak in the holiday island resort of Bali.

Source: Xinhua

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