Posted by: baliliving | September 7, 2010

Rabies in Bali, a real threat!

dog culling in Bali(9/6/2010) Bali’s Rabies epidemic continues to plague the island. According to Radar Bali, a total of 93 people have died from suspected rabies spread from dog bites, despite massive expenditures and efforts to inoculate pet dogs and eliminate stray animals.

Ketut Teneng, the spokesman for the Bali provincial government, said that 93 people have died after suffering dog bites. Of that total, he said, 41 of those deaths were clinically linked to rabies through laboratory tests on the victims. The remaining victims were buried without aid of laboratory test but after exhibiting symptoms consistent with a rabies infection. The number of new dog bites reported in Bali remains very high.

On an average day 165 people are bitten by dogs in Bali, adding to widespread fear among visitors and local of the danger of contamination with a potentially fatal disease. Teneng said the elimination of stray dogs must continue, adding “this does not have to done by government officials who kill the dogs, but also by the public who undertake the elimination of stray animals.” Saying the threat of infection is before “our very eyes,” Teneng pointed to the high number of stray dogs living in Bali resulting in a greater risk of dog bites and possible infection with rabies.

“We have a clear choice, do you want to get rabies or not? If we allow the dog population to grow it means the chance of getting rabies is also high,” said Teneng. Teneng said that for the year 2010 through September 2nd, a total of 37,901 dog bites have been inflicted on Bali residents. From that total, 34,485 victims have been treated with rabies anti-serum. These figures show a dramatic increase over 2009 when only 21,806 dog bite were reported of which 18,825 victims received anti-rabies serum. According to the chief health officer for Bali, Dr. Nyoman Sutedja, the costs of fighting rabies in Bali is substantial.

In 2009 the provincial government of Bali spent Rp. 6.5 billion, Bali regencies Rp. 3.5 billion and the central government contributed Rp. 15 billion to Bali’s anti-rabies campaign resulting in total expenditures of Rp. 25 billion (US$2.7 million). In 2010 the total spent in combating rabies is expected to rise.

The above is an article taken from bali discovery. If you are coming to Bali soon please make sure that you have your pre-exposure rabies shots.


  1. Subject: Bali living & InterNations

    Dear ‘Bali living’ Blogger,

    First of all let me congratulate you on your informative website!

    I was happy to see your commitment and ability to write interesting posts about the everyday life in Bali. You were touching interesting issues, which are of interest for me and your other visitors.

    If you provide us with a paragraph (and a photo or logo if available) about your website, we will be more than happy to create an entry for you in our City Guide. This way we can offer the best services and most comprehensive information to our members.

    While browsing through your website, I also noticed that you link to a variety of expat related websites on your homepage. Therefore I would like to kindly ask you if you could consider including a link to our local InterNations website as well:
    In this way Expatriates in Bali could find each other with the help of our virtual community. Placing a link would be great and much appreciated!

    Here is some more information about InterNations: InterNations is the biggest global networking site for expats of various nationalities and their family members. At the moment, InterNations unites almost 200,000 members in 235 cities worldwide. On our platform, expatriates and their partners can connect with compatriots, ask for advice on everyday life in their host country, provide other members with useful tips, make new contacts and find information in our City Guides.

    If you consider placing a link to our website, please find subsequently the proper HTML-code for your support: Expats in Bali

    Looking forward to your email response and thank you very much for your consideration!


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