A 16 year old youth was reported to have died of suspected rabies-related disease at Buleleng Regional Hospital on Thursday [5 May 2011], adding to the island's 147 victims of rabies since the deadly disease emerged in November 2008.

The victim was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday [4 May 2011] when he exhibited symptoms of rabies such as difficulty breathing, hydrophobia, and a sore throat. The hospital director said that the patient's family stated the boy had been bitten by a dog in his village in Banjar about a year ago.

I Nyoman Sutedja, head of the province's Health Agency, said that dog bite cases in Bali remained high, with 130 cases per day despite the province's ambitious target to eliminate its rabies outbreak by the end of 2012.