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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Indonesia : Bali struggles with rabies outbreak

Article via The Sydney Morning Herald :

" An ongoing rabies outbreak in Bali has claimed the lives of at least 10 people in recent months as authorities struggle to control the disease.

Bali, a popular holiday destination for Australian tourists, has been fighting to contain the disease with a massive program to vaccinate animals since the outbreak was first declared in November 2008.

The failure to fully control the disease, which is passed on to humans through contact with dogs, cats, monkeys and other animals, also threatens Bali's reputation as a holiday destination and continues to worry businesses which are highly geared towards the tourist trade."

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