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Rabies outbreak in Bali


Rabies outbreak in Bali

The Indonesian Government has declared a rabies outbreak in Bali, currently affecting dogs. Rabies is a serious and life-threatening infection, most often spread through animal bites and scratches.

Dr Mark Jacobs, the Ministry of Health's Director of Public Health said Bali has traditionally been considered to be free of rabies, but this outbreak means that anyone planning to travel to the island needs to be aware of this new risk. They should discuss whether there is any need for rabies vaccination with their GP or medical centre, although generally this won't be necessary.

Travellers to Bali should also be careful to avoid bites from dogs in particular, as well as from other animals such as monkeys. If someone is bitten they should thoroughly wash out the wound with soap and water straight away, and seek immediate medical attention.

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