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13 September 2010

Rabies and dog ecology in Flores

Rabies is endemic in the Central and Western provinces of Indonesia, with near or total disease elimination achieved in significant areas. A fisherman first introduced rabies into Flores in 1997. Since that time there have been over 4,000 courses of immunoprophylaxis given to humans and 97 human deaths with a culling program involving up to 500,000 dogs. This has had a profound effect on the people of Flores who have an important social, cultural and dietary relationship with dogs.
Author/Organization: Hutabarat, T., Geong, M., Newsome, A., Ruben, A. and Cutter, S.
Year: 2003
Where: Indonesia
Topics: animal health, culling, disease control, dog population management, public health, social aspects, stray dogs
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