Islands on Rabies Alert
The "extraordinary situation" alert was issued after the recent death of 2 local residents from rabies. Prior to these deaths, officials and local resident assumed the islands had escaped the epidemic of rabies taking place on nearby Bali.
Quoted in Beritabali.com, the head of the Bali Heath Office, Dr. Nyoman Sutedja, declared a rabies alert for Nusa Penida on Mon 17 Jan 2011. He expressed concern for the 17 dog bite cases that have occurred in past months that went untreated in the mistaken assumption there were no infected dogs on the island.
Calling for a ban on the movement of dogs between the
island and the outside world, Sutedja said hilly geography of the islands
complicated efforts to control rabies. He also said that dogs carrying
the virus may be sheltering in the caves found in the hills of the islands.