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Rabies Death Reported in Buleleng

Hospital Officials Blame Rabies in the Death of a North Bali Man

(10/7/2017) Ketut Restiada, a 32-year-old man from the Village of Bebetin, Buleleng, North Bali died at the Buleleng General Hospital on Friday morning, October 6, 2017, after having been bit twice by a local dog.

Restiada, who worked as a guide, was brought to the hospital two days before his death complaining he was unable to urinate. After doctors installed a catheter, the man was allowed to return home for continued care as an outpatient.

Later, on the same day, Restiada returned to the hospital suffering respiratory problems.

A relation said Restiada said he was bitten on the ankle by a 6-month-old puppy 3 days before but, due to other commitments, sought no treatment for the bite. More important, however, the man had also been bitten six months prior to that by a dog that died and was later determined to be rabies positive. Restiada, despite the positive rabies finding on the dead dog, did not seek treatment with an anti-rabies vaccine.

In the final 24 plus hours at the Buleleng General Hospital, Restiada exhibited classic rabies symptoms including rage, hydrophobia, and foaming at the mouth.

Restiada is survived by a wife and three small children.

Hospital officials have confirmed that the man’s death was probably due to rabies, a diagnosis to be confirmed by laboratory tests.

Hospital officials urged the public to always seek medical treatment if a dog bites them.