Data from Indonesia’s Animal Husbandry Agency shows that rabies continues to be a problem on the island of Bali.

The number of human deaths caused by the virus this year had already reached 14 by August, compared with one and two deaths respectively in 2013 and 2014. The virus has been found in 159 villages and the Agency expresses concerns that is now found in some tourist areas such as Ubud, Gianyar, Kuta and Badung.

Travellers should be aware of the risk and avoid animal contact and report any bites promptly. A course of pre-exposure vaccination, though expensive, should be considered

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