Despite mass efforts by officials to vaccinate pets and cull stray dogs, the threat of Rabies has now spread beyond the Ungasan peninsula area of South Bali as authorities have now confirmed the disease in a street dog captured in the Sesetan area of South Denpasar.
As reported by NusaBali, the head of Animal Control (Dinas Peternakan) for Bali, Ida Bagus Ketut Alit, has confirmed that a sick dog captured near a veterinarian clinic in Sestan has tested positive for the potentially fatal disease. The findings were the results of clinical pathology tests carried out in Bandung, West Java on January 1, 2009. The latest finding now demonstrates that the rabies virus have been confirmed in 7 separate tests from samples taken from Ungasan Village (South Kuta), Kedonganan Selatan (South Badung) and Sesetan (South Denpasar). Alit told the press that the latest results means that Denpasar must now officially be considered a rabies infected area.
Free rabies vaccination will soon be available to all pet owners in the sub districts of Denpasar as official hold clinics, typically based at the banjar halls of each community.
In response to the latest findings vaccination and capture programs were scheduled to get underway in South Denpasar beginning on Saturday, January 10, 2009. Authorities had already conducted vaccination programs in the Panjer and Sesetan areas of Bali.
Since the rabies epidemic was uncovered in Bali in December, nearly 800 street dogs have been captured and eliminated, while over 6,000 pet dogs have received vaccination.
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