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Baliís War on Rabies Continues

US$920,000 Allocated in 2013 for Fighting Rabies in Bali

(1/6/2013) The provincial government of Bali has allocated Rp. 9 billion (US$920,000) for the control of rabies on the island in 2013. These funds originate from the provincial budget of Bali and the National Budget. This amount is less than the Rp. 13 billion allocated to fight rabies in 2012.

Beritabali.com quotes the head of the Livestock and Animal Health Department as saying the funds will be prioritized to undertake the fourth phase of the continuing mass vaccination program. This is needed to increase the resistance to the disease among Bali’s canine population, still comprised of many free-roaming, unvaccinated dogs.

Officials say many people still abandon dogs on the roadsides and in the local forest, adding to the problem of trying to locate and vaccinate free-roaming dogs.

Bali is not yet free of rabies. In December 2012 five new cases of rabies were reported in the regency of Bangli and one case in the regency of Jembrana.

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