MANGUPURA – A rabid dog is roaming around Badung Government Center and has bitten three people. The results from the brain fluid test performed by the Denpasar Veterinary Office on Tuesday, March 14th, confirmed that the dog has been infected with the deadly disease. “Yes, the lab results were positive. That’s why we have eliminated the dog that bit the victims,” said the Head of the Badung Agriculture and Food Service, I Wayan Wijana, when contacted on Wednesday, March 15th.
After eliminating the dog that bit three people, two stray dogs were also eliminated the next day because they were suspected of having come into direct contact with the rabid dog. “We eliminated two stray dogs today because they were suspected of having frequent contact with the infected dog that bit the victims,” he said.
His office has also deployed a team to monitor stray dogs in the Badung Government Center area and vaccinate them. If there isn’t any owner, they will be relocated. Furthermore, several stray dogs around the Cultural Building have already been relocated. “Because the Badung Government Center area is an open area, it’s difficult to monitor stray and owned dogs there. We have also coordinated with the General Secretary to intensify dog monitoring by the security officers,” he explained.
According to the information, a wild dog in the Badung Government Center area in Sempidi has bitten three people, one of whom is a journalist. The dog was eliminated by officers from the Badung Agriculture and Food Service’s Animal Health Division. Its brain fluid sample was then sent to the Bali Veterinary Laboratory in Denpasar for testing to see if it was infected with rabies or not. (Parwata/beritadaribali)