Indonesia tackles rabies on resort island of Bali

By Chris White, Reuters

Indonesian authorities aim to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of dogs on the resort island of Bali in an effort to stem an outbreak of rabies that has killed 100 people since 2008, a government official said on Thursday.

Thousands of feral dogs have been infected since a 2008 outbreak on the previously rabies-free island, which attracts hordes of tourists and is the setting for part of the recently released film “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Authorities have begun a mass dog vaccination program in recent weeks, with the aim of inoculating 70 percent of a targeted 450,000 dogs by March.

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