Friday, December 12, 2008

Bali tourist paradise bitten again: now it's rabies

Bali tourism websites are also posting warnings about the outbreak.

Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young issued a warning this afternoon, informing tourists that Bali has lost its "rabies-free" status.

The island of Bali has been regarded as free of the disease though it has existed in other parts of Indonesia.

Dr Young said human rabies usually followed a bite from a rabid animal, most frequently a dog, but in some parts of the world, other animals can be a source.

"We have been advised that authorities in Bali have taken steps to control the situation including implementing a program of culling and vaccination in dogs and vaccination of people in villages affected," she said.

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