41 Chickens Died from H5N1 Virus Infection
Thursday, 8 September 2011
Tegal – A total of 41 native chickens owned by four citizens in RT 03 RW 03, Margadan administrative village, Margadana subdistrict, Tegal city suddenly died.
A special team from the Marine and Agriculture Service Office (Dislatan) of Tegal city declared all the birds infected by avian influenza (H5N1). Head of the Livestock Division of the Service Office, Setyo Widardo, said that based on information from citizens in RT 03 RW 03, Margadana administrative village, the incident occurred between September 2 to 6, 2011. Apparent symptoms were bluish color on the body and comb and white feces.
”The incident was found in four houses in the same neighborhood,” said Setyo yesterday. The suspected source of infection is the mobile live chicken vendor that usually circulates in the neighborhood. In detail, Kusnanto lost 16 chickens, Rahidi 4 chickens, Casmuni 13 chickens, and Carso lost 8 chickens.
Animal health officer for Margadana subdistrict and also member of the Dislatan’s special team, Liza Atikah, DVM, said several measures have been taken to overcome the incident. The office has coordinated with the Health Service Office and Margadana administrative village, sprayed the area with disinfectant, and burned and buried dead chickens. “We also distributed vitamins for healthy live chickens,” she said.
A similar incident had occurred in Tegal in August 8 to 15, 2011. Native chickens owned by citizens in RT 06 RW 02, Kaligangsa administrative village, Margadana subdistrict had died and were diagnosed with avian influenza (H5N1). A total of 14 chickens were involved with apparent symptoms of bluish coloring on the body and comb.
Investigation concluded the disease entered when a citizen introduced a new chicken without undergoing quarantine. “At that time, we’ve also taken the necessary measures to prevent further spread of the virus,” said Liza.
In Bantul, the District Health Service Office is still examining 9 citizens in Singgelo subvillage, Poncosari, Srandakan who previously had contact with suspected AI infected dead chickens.
Head of Health Problem Mitigation Division of the Health Service Office of Bantul, Maya Sintowati Pandji, said the citizens were observed after it was revealed that they had buried suddenly dead birds. “The observation is 14 days long, starting since the day avian influenza-like symptoms were recorded on September 1, as a form of early vigilance towards possible spread of avian influenza,” she said.
So far, Maya said, there has been no addition to the current count of avian influenza suspect patients. “We still have 3 suspect patients; two are currently treated in Dr. Sardjito Hospital and another is being treated at home,” said Maya yesterday. (Akrom Hazami)
Source : Antara