A dog suspected of rabies went berserk and bit 11 residents in Pegending Ward, Semarapura Village, Klungkung District, during two consecutive days since Saturday (8/5) morning.
After biting the eleventh victim, the dog was immediately killed by residents and thrown into the river, Sunday (9/5) morning.
It is known that the dog that bit the 11 residents was originally wild, but was kept by a resident. Then, the dog was released.
Head of Pegending Environment I Nengah Sudira said the dog started biting residents on Saturday night at around 20.30. At that time, a resident of the Pegendingt neighborhood, I Wayan Kerta, who was eating at a shop, was suddenly approached and bitten by the dog.
“Suddenly the dog bit,” said Sudira.
After biting, the dog immediately left. It turned out that the dog was still roaming the Pegending neighborhood until it bit another victim. On Saturday night, at least 8 residents were bitten by the dog. Furthermore, the bitten residents were immediately escorted to the Klungkung I Health Center, Gelgel Village, Klungkung District, to get the Anti-Rabies Vaccine (VAR).
The next day the dog turned out to attack 3 residents again. To avoid other victims, residents immediately killed the dog and dumped it into the river in the neighborhood.
“There are 11 residents who have been bitten by the dog so far. They have been escorted to get VAR,” said Sudira.
Officers from the Klungkung Agricultural Service who are in charge of animal problems immediately went to the field after receiving reports that 11 residents were bitten by dogs. It’s just that the officers could not check the dog’s brain sample, because after being killed the dog was thrown into the river.
“We had time to check the river but we did not find it, maybe it was washed away because the current was swift,” said Head of the Klungkung Agriculture Service Ida Bagus Juanida.
Due to such conditions, the dog bite case was included in the category of undetected stray dogs.
“However, we are still coordinating with health workers to ensure that all those who were bitten got VAR,” said Juanida.
Officers will also go to the Pegending Ward on Monday (10/5) to carry out contact tracing of the biting dog, including vaccinating the dog. Given that Semarapura Kauh is a red zone for rabies cases, and is also quite close to the area of Tihingan Village, Banjarangkan Subdistrict, Klungkung, where a rabies-positive dog was found some time ago.
Based on information from the residents who raised the dog, said Juanida, it was originally a wild dog but because it entered his house it was given food.
Eventually, the dog disappeared within a few months and finally returned with a somewhat aggressive change in behavior.
Previously, a dog positive for rabies bit four residents in Tihingan Hamlet / Village, Banjarangkan District, Klungkung, last Saturday (17/4). The four victims immediately received VAR.
Meanwhile, the biting dogs have been eliminated and their brains have been sampled by officers. The result, came out on Monday (19/4) morning and tested positive for rabies.
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