Hundreds of Quails Dead, Avian Influenza Suspected
Monday, 1 February 2016
Lamongan – An Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak is suspected in Lamongan. Hundreds of quails owned by residents of Jatinawong Village, Babat Subdistrict, suddenly died. Previously the birds were still healthy.
One quail farmer, Wiyono, said he did not know the cause of the incident, but he suspected AI was involved. Unfortunately, he could not say for certain how many birds were killed.
“When I last saw, the birds were healthy, but then hundreds turned up dead,” said Wiyono on Monday (1/2/2016).
Besides quail, other poultry owned by residents also died. All dead birds were burned by Wiyono and their owners.
They also sprayed all poultry cages with disinfectants. The measure was taken to prevent further spread of the virus. Meanwhile Livestock and Animal Health Services said the condition is difficult.
“An AI outbreak is a force majeure disaster happening to farmers,” said Livestock and Animal Health Services Secretary, Bruno.
He urges residents to maintain the cleanliness of animal pens during the rainy season. This is important to prevent the disease from spreading.
Data from Lamongan Livestock and Animal Health Services estimated that AI emerged in Lamongan since the second week of January 2016. The office has conducted vaccination to prevent further spread of the disease.
“Vaccination of poultry was conducted directly by officers in farms located in 27 subdistrcts in Lamongan,” he said. (fat/fat)