Jakarta Globe reports a substantial drop in the number of human fatalities in Bali linked to rabies, down 68% year to date in 2011 as compared to the same period last year.
Quoting the Australian Consul General in Bali, Brett Farmer:
“Human deaths from rabies have now dropped by 68 per cent compared to the same period last year, but we want to see this figure fall to zero.”
Farmer’s comments were made at a World Rabies Day Event held in Bali on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
Thus far in 2011 there have been 19 deaths linked to rabies in Bali as compared to 60 deaths for the same period in 2010.
Australia has donated $1.1 million to Bali’s fight against rabies with the funds being used for vaccination programs, public education and animal surveillance systems.
“These mass vaccinations programs are crucial in curtailing the further spread of rabies to humans, dogs and other animals. Without these mass vaccination programs, there’s a chance the epidemic would continue and be much more difficult to manage.”
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