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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Indonesia : Rabies returns, kills one

Via The Jakarta Post :

" After four months with no reported cases, rabies, which has gripped the resort island in an epidemic since 2008, struck again this week, killing a teenager in Gianyar regency.

The death brings the total death toll since 2008 to 137, and this year’s death toll to 23.

The victim was identified as Anak Agung Gede Wisnu, an 18-year-old native of Badung village in Payangan subdistrict.

Physicians at Sanglah Central Hospital pronounced him dead Sunday evening, only a few hours after he had arrived at the island’s number-one referral facility for rabies.

His family stated that the boy had been bitten on his left arm by a stray dog six months ago.

“Unfortunately, he did not have a rabies vaccine [VAR] after the incident,” Sanglah spokesperson Kadek Nariyantha said.

He disclosed that the victim had already been in a very severe condition when he was admitted to Sanglah Hospital."

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