2 residents of Indonesia’s Nusa Penida district of Indonesia have died of rabies. These cases are assumed to have spread from a rabies epidemic on the nearby island of Bali. The district has issued an “extraordinary situation” alert in response to the deaths.
Dog bites were responsible for both of the identified cases. In light of this information, other residents who have been recently bitten by dogs are now suspect rabies cases.
According to The Bali Times, officials have responded to the rabies deaths by killing more than 1,000 stray dogs. Unfortunately, Nusa Penida is inhabited by many wild dogs that live in the surrounding wilderness so eliminating the rabies threat will require a long term investment.