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A Pet Project

North Bali Officials Ask Local Citizens to Act Responsibly in Efforts to End Rabies Deaths

(2/16/2014) Agricultural and Livestock officials in Buleleng, North Bali continue to pursue mass vaccination of dogs and the elimination of stray dogs in order to curb rabies infections following two human deaths connected with that diseases in January 2014.

Buleleng officials are also calling on local residents to act responsibly in the care and maintenance of their pets, particularly when their dog bite a community member. Resident are asked to keep their dogs in confined areas or on a leash enabling officials to vaccinate pets and identify free-roaming dogs for possible extermination.

The most recent death of a 7-year-old boy, Kadek Rianata, in the village of Suwug in Buleleng due to rabies has not uncovered a corresponding animal in that village suffering from rabies.

While officials have tested village dogs, no case of rabies has been discovered. The dogs that villagers killed had bit the boy but had its carcass disposed of before health officials could undertake rabies tests.

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