Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Jakarta

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia, June 12, 2023

Location:  Indonesia
Event:  Rabies Cases in Indonesia

Rabies is active in many parts of the world, including Indonesia.  There has been a recent cluster of rabies cases from dog bites in the province of East Nusa Tenggara (also known as “NTT”).  Approximately 240 cases have been reported, including 11 deaths, mainly localized in the Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) area of East Nusa Tenggara/NTT.   On May 30, the provincial capital of Kupang’s Quarantine Agency closed all island borders to animal entry (dogs, cats and monkeys) to prevent further spread of the disease.  The severity of the disease warrants education and appropriate precautions.  Most dogs in Indonesia are not vaccinated against rabies, and prophylactic vaccinations of humans does not occur in local populations.  Measures are currently being taken by the local quarantine agency to prevent further spread of the disease.

Actions to Take:

  • Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.
  • Leave all wildlife and unfamiliar animals such as stray dogs alone.
  • Wash animal bites or scratches immediately with soap and running water.
  • Vaccinate your pets to protect them and your family.
  • If you are bitten, scratched, or unsure, talk to a healthcare provider.  Rabies in people is 100% preventable through prompt appropriate medical care.
  • Review CDC Travel Health Notices for Indonesia
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta onTwitter and Facebook and U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya on Twitter and Facebook.


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