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Monday, March 5, 2012

Rabies Outbreak Kills 50 in Indonesia's Maluku Province

Via Jakarta Globe :

" At least 50 people have died of rabies in the recent weeks in a reported outbreak in the southwest district of Indonesia’s Maluku province, local officials said on Monday.

“Rabies has killed at least 50 people and hundreds of others have been infected by the virus,” Bernabas Orno said, adding that the outbreak has been reported to Maluku Governor Karel Albert Ralahalu.

The deadly virus has hit the remote province hard in recent weeks. The rabies virus is spread through contact with infected animals, who carry the virus in their saliva. Those bitten by an infected animal can avoid contracting the deadly disease if they clean the wound and receive a rabies vaccination within hours of contact."

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