The Australian has reported that rabies treatment vaccine is critically low in Bali and tourists visiting the island should have vaccination before they go on holiday.

There was an outbreak of rabies last September and vaccine supplies are now limited.

“Nobody should be allowed to leave Australia without travel insurance,” said Craig Beveridge, the Australian chief executive of the Bali International Medical Centre. “An air ambulance back to Perth costs about $60,000. Some people have had to remortgage their houses. When people go away on holiday they think they’re not going to get sick, or they’re not have that heart attack, yet we see that sort of thing on a daily basis.”

Around 2000 stray dogs have been killed to prevent spreading of the virus to the island’s monkey population.