In our ongoing commitment to improving rabies awareness, BAWA foster carers are required to sign a rabies information acknowledgment at the start of the foster period, which includes the following information:
Rabies continues to be prevalent across Bali. BAWA urges all current foster carers to be pre-vaccinated for rabies. The World Health Organization (WHO) standard for people is now two injections over one week.
All animals should be rabies vaccinated when 3 months old. If the animal was rabies vaccinated younger than 3 months, then a second rabies vaccine is required either at 3 months of age or 1 month after the first rabies vaccines, whichever date is later.
When animals are vaccinated against rabies, it is still possible that exposure may have happened before vaccination. IF an animal is incubating rabies, they may develop symptoms at any time. There is no reliable way to test live animals for rabies. For this reason, please be aware and vigilant about looking for possible signs of rabies in animals under your care.
Rabies is spread through animal bites or transfer of saliva from an infected animal to open wounds, into the eyes, nose or mouth.
Take care to avoid being bitten. Do not let animals lick you on the mouth, in the eyes, in the nose, or allow saliva to come into contact with open wounds or broken skin.
Although BAWA is responsible for the medical care and vaccinations of the animals, we do not take responsibility for your personal vaccinations, nor any potential post-exposure treatment. You agree to take full responsibility for your own vaccinations and any necessary treatment in the event of a bite.
The rabies virus does not always present the same symptoms in every animal. If you notice any behavior out of the ordinary, including any of the following, contact BAWA immediately.
- Vicious biting for no reason
- Difficulty swallowing
- Barking with a strange sound
- Drooping of the lower jaw
- Foaming at the mouth
- Seeking dark places
If you have broken skin from a dog bite, follow WHO protocols as follows:
Wash the wound for 15 minutes with soap and running water and apply betadine/iodine and seek medical advice immediately.
More detailed information about rabies here: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/rabies