Rabid dogs roam holiday hotspot, kill at least 78
Mon, 02 Aug 2010 10:30:44 GMT —
Oficially, there have been 78 deaths in the past two years and many other deaths have likely gone unreported. In a highly criticized move, officials killed about 200,000 dogs, instead of initially conducting mass vaccinations as recommended by the World Health Organization.
Stocks of an anti-rabies vaccine for humans are low and could run out. Hospitals across Bali have faced periodic shortages of free post-exposure vaccines, leaving poor residents with few options.
Several countries have issued travel warnings advising vacationers to consider getting pre-exposure rabies vaccinations.
Rabies kills some 55,000 people annually - mostly children - with nearly 60 percent of those deaths from dog bites in Asia.