I was so surprised of this travel warning for Bali.
anybody aware of the latest updates?
Rabies in Bali, Indonesia
This information is current as of today, September 24, 2010 at 12:18 EDT
Updated: March 29, 2010
In December 2008, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture notified the World Organization for Animal Health about a rabies outbreak in dogs on the island of Bali, Indonesia. As of November 2009, the Indonesia Ministry of Health has reported 15 deaths caused by rabies on Bali. Most human and animal rabies cases have been confirmed near popular tourist destinations on the southern tip of Bali. However, because the situation is evolving, CDC advises travelers to take precaution on the entire island.
The following activities may put travelers to Bali at higher risk for rabies:
* Working closely with animals of unknown rabies exposure or vaccination history.
* Spending a lot of time in a rural area or participating in outdoor activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. These activities increase the risk for coming in contact with animals.
* Touching or playing with animals.
* Adopting animals with the intention of bringing them home to the United States.
Information about Rabies
A threat to both human and animal health, rabies is a rapidly progressing, deadly disease. It is almost always spread by an animal bite but can also be spread when a rabid animalís saliva gets directly into the eyes, nose, mouth, or broken skin. The primary sources of human infection worldwide are dogs and certain wildlife species, such as foxes, raccoons, mongooses, and bats.
Each year throughout the world, rabies kills approximately 50,000 people, mostly children. The risk of rabies from domestic animals is low for people in the United States. For people who travel to other parts of the world, the risk of rabies may be higher. Therefore, all travelers should know how to protect themselves from this disease.
Advice for Travelers
Follow these recommendations to protect you and your family from rabies:
Consider rabies vaccine.
* If your activities in Bali will bring you into contact with animals such as dogs, cats, bats, or other carnivores, you should consider pre-exposure rabies vaccination, which is a three-shot series (days 0, 7, and 21 or 28) given before travel.
* Even if you receive pre-exposure vaccination, you will still need immediate medical treatment if you are bitten or scratched by an animal.
Avoid animal bites.
* Avoid touching all animals, including wild animals and pets. Pets in other countries may not have been vaccinated against rabies.
* Resist the urge to rescue animals with the intent to bring them home to the United States. Dogs and cats may be infected with rabies but not show signs until several days or weeks after you first encounter them.
* Supervise children closely, especially around dogs, cats, and wildlife such as monkeys. This is important since children are more likely to be bitten by animals, may not report the bite, and may have more severe injuries from animal bites.
* If you are traveling with your pet, supervise your pet closely and do not allow it to play with local animals, especially strays.
Act quickly if an animal bites or scratches you.
* Wash the wound well with soap and water.
* See a doctor right away, even if you donít feel sick or your wound is not serious. To prevent rabies, you may need to start a series of vaccinations immediately.
* To get vaccinated, be prepared to travel back to the United States or to another area. (Adequate vaccination for exposure to rabies is not available in all parts of the world.)
* After you return home, tell your doctor or state health department that you were bitten or scratched during travel.
Before your trip, find out if your health insurance covers health care overseas and medical evacuation. If it does not, consider buying supplemental health insurance for your trip.