Avian Influenza Outbreak in Dumai – Riau
Friday, 18 March 2011
Dumai – H5N1 avian influenza is starting to cause poultry death in several areas in Bengkalis district, Riau.
“From the reports of sudden poultry death received since the end of February 2011, several cases were confirmed positive for avian influenza and the people are asked to stay vigilant to avoid avian influenza transmission to humans,” said Head of the Agriculture and Livestock Service Office of Bengkalis district, Ahmad Ramli, on Thursday (17/3/2011).
Ahmad Ramli said field survey in the last few days found a number of areas, such as Bengkali subdistrict and Bantan subdistrict, vulnerable to avian influenza attacks.
“This condition arises because there are many poultry farms. Avian influenza was detected in the two subdistricts,” he explained.
The finding, said Ramli, was obtained after the team visited the site and tested several chickens in Bengkalis and Bantan.
“Testing of samples found 5 of tens of samples positive for avian influenza,” said Ramli.
Based on the findings, said Ramli, the office is advising the public to prevent possible transmission through healthy and clean lifestyle, and by caging birds.
“Also, we are asking citizens to immediately report cases of sudden poultry death to related institutions or local governments,” said Ramli.
Data from the Agriculture and Livestock Service Office reveals that avian influenza cases in Bengkali this year is relatively smaller compared to last year (2010). The office has detected at least 30 avian influenza cases from poultry death cases reported. (ANT | Ed: Benny N Joewono)
Source : Kompas