The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 02/27/2009 2:36 PM
West Sumatra province has told residents to be on the lookout for rabies, since three people died from the disease over the past two months, Antara news agency reports.
West Sumatra health agency head Rosini Savitri on Friday said the administration had confirmed that the deaths in the Solok and Limapuluh Kota regencies had been caused by rabies.
"All were bitten by dogs. Their lives could have been saved if they had sought medical help more quickly," Rosini said.
The agency is now planning to intensify its rabies awareness campaign. The administration has also expressed concerned over an increase in the number of stray dogs in the area.
In 2008, 10 rabies-related deaths among humans were recorded in West Sumatra. (dre)