Hundreds of Chickens in Parang Banua, Gowa, H5N1 Positive Hundreds of Chickens in Parang Banua, Gowa, H5N1 Positive
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Sungguminasa – Avian Influenza (AI) or also known as bird flu is spreading in Gowa district. After the virus caused an outbreak in Kunjungmae village, Pangalla subdistrict, since 3 days ago it has killed hundreds of chickens in Parang Banua administrative village, Panggala subdistrict.
Besides chickens, several citizens suffered from high fever, coughing, and breathing difficulty. One person, Rusdi Dg Mile, is suspected to have Avian Influenza infection. He was admitted to Syekh Yusuf Sungguminasa Regional General Hospital and was later referred to Dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo Central General Hospital in Makassar. Rahmawati, a citizen of Parang Banua, said the patient had symptoms similar to avian influenza infection in human.
“People started to panic and asked the government to take action,” she said yesterdah. Head of the Livestock, Marine, and Fishery Service Office of Gowa district, Muhlis, said the office has sent a team to vaccinate chickens owned by the people. “We have sprayed all chicken pens suspected to be contaminated with AI in the area with disinfectant,” he said.
Rapid test of samples from dead chickens confirmed the presence of Avian Influenza viruses. Therefore the service office immediately isolated the area for 1 month. Citizens were given medications to prevent further spread of avian influenza. “The chickens that suddenly died were positive for avian influenza,” he said.
Previously Avian Influenza has infected hundreds of chickens in Kunjungmae village, Panggala subdistrict, and resulted in 5 citizens being treated for suspected AI infections. The 5 patients are Suci Maharani (3 months), Suci Ramadani (7 months), Surti (32 years), M Agung (6 years), and Marsanaini (39 years). All patients are being treated in Dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo Central General Hospital in Makassar. (Baharuddin)
Source : Sindo