Extensive Poultry Die-Off in 7 District/Municipalities in West Java
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Bandung – The Livestock Service Office of West Java reported sudden poultry die-off in 7 district/municipalities in the region: Bandung city, Bogor city, West Bandung district, Bekasi district, Kuningan district, Depok city, and Majalengka district.
“Besides Bandung city, sudden poultry die-off has also been identified in 6 other areas, which are Bogor city, West Bandung, Bekasi, Kuningan, Depok city, and Majalengka,” said Head of the Livestock Service Office of West Java, Koesmayadie, on Monday (5/3).
He said by Saturday (3/3) a total of 314 backyard native chickens have died from H5N1 virus infection. In 2011 a total of 35,308 birds have died in West Java from disease.
Currently research is going on to detect possible H5N1 virus mutation, because not all rapid test positives resulted positive on polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The service office had done rapid tests on dead chickens and results were negative, but after the samples were tested with PCR, only some came out positive in the test.
”So it is possible there is virus mutation or another kind of viruses are causing the incidence,” said Koesmayadi.
He said to ensure the cause of chicken die-off in the 7 district/municipalities the service office is still conducting investigation. They have instructed all Participatory Disease Surveillance and Response (PDSR) teams in 26 district/municipalities in West Java province to stay alert. ”They have to report to the office every time there is poultry die-off in their work region,” said Koesmayadi.
Avian Influenza once again swept through West Java in early 2012. The latest outbreak was in Bandung city, West Java. So far 2 citizens of Bandung, Mr. A (42) from Rancasawo road, Margasari administrative village, Buah Batu subdistrict, and Mr. SA from Mengger Girang subvillage, Regol subdistrict, had been treated intensively in Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung as Avian Influenza suspect patients. Unfortunately both patients died.
In response to the deaths, the Health Service Office of Bandung city released a warning to the public to be more cautious of Avian Influenza outbreaks. “We hope people will be more cautious, particularly if they find chickens or birds suddenly dying in their neighborhood. Please report to the nearest Community Health Center,” said Head of the Health Service Office of Bandung, Achyani Raksanagara. (ASJ/M008 | Editor: B Kunto Wibisono)
Source : ANTARA News