The appearance of as many as 4 suspected rabies cases among Bali’s human population in 2014 means that Bali will fail to meet its target of being rabies-free by 2015.
While Bali managed to go for almost a year without a new case of rabies case among its human population, the recent re-emergence of rabies infections and at least two fatalities in Buleleng, North Bali mean the earliest that Bali can now be free of the disease is 2016.
After decades of being rabies-free, the dreaded disease appeared again in Bali in 2008 and has claimed an estimated 147 victims since then.
In 2014 there have already been four cases of suspected rabies among residents of Bali and a large number of confirmed cases in the canine populations.
Health authorities bemoan the low level of public understanding and cooperation in with the governent in combating the disease, chiefly among villagers reluctant to have their animals vaccinated against rabies.
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