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Friday, March 14, 2008

Uncommon Diseases in Jakarta

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Rabies is a viral illness contracted from the bite, scratch or saliva of many warm blooded animals. Monkeys, dogs and cats are the common sources in Indonesia.

• Avoid touching or being licked by any furry stray animal in the street, markets or gardens.
• If bitten by a monkey or stray animal seek medical treatment immediately.
• Vaccination is available in Indonesia, and is recommended if you are living or travelling in rural areas.

Japanese B Encephalitis:
• This is a rare, viral illness spread by mosquitoes especially during the wet season.
• It usually occurs in epidemics in rural areas where there is surface water, pigs, horses and water birds.
• A vaccine is not available.

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