Denpasar (ANTARA News) - The World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with Animal Health Directorate, Directorate General of Animal Husbandry and Animal Health, and Denpasar Veterinary Office, has conducted epidemiological studies of rabies in Bali.

"The study is connected with antibody response of dogs which have been vaccinated in Bali, except Nusa Penida, a separate island in Karangasem district," Bali provincial administration spokesman I Ketut Teneng said here on Tuesday.

He said the study result indicated that dogs antibody was still low, namely 41.88 percent of 1,354 samples in the laboratory test and the protective ones were only 567 samples.

According to Ketut Teneng, an audit result from an integrated team against rabies vaccine cold chain storage of the available amount recommended was only 50 percent.

Therefore Bali rabies technical team and Agriculture Ministry`s Directorate of Health have agreed on a mass rabies vaccination phase two in the island resort of Bali.

He said the second phase of rabies vaccination was conducted in three districts namely Bangli, Klungkung, and Jembrana since May 25, 2011, and to be continued in five other districts/city covering Badung, Karangasem, Buleleng, Tabanan, and Denpasar city starting June 11, 2011 and then in July in Gianyar district.

The mass vaccination will be conducted to all domestic dogs until August or September this year.

Ketut Teneng said the first phase of vaccination on 80 percent of the dogs in Bali was conducted from October 2010 to March 2011.
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