20 Birds in Cilandak Killed by Avian Influenza
Saturday, 19 March 2016
Jakarta – Head of Marine, Agricultural, and Food Security SubOffice of South Jakarta, Kristrisasi Helenandari, said Avian Influenza was found in poultry in Cilandak. A total of 20 chickens and Muscovy ducks in RT 14 RW 04, Cilandak Barat Administrative Village were reported dead.
“After tested positive for AI, all birds were culled. It was focal culling followed by disinfection,” said Kristrisasi on Saturday, 19 March 2016.
Kristrisasi said the first poultry death was discovered on 15 March 2016. Officers received report of the incident the next day and immediately collected samples for testing. Test results were available on 17 March 2016 and mass culling was conducted.
Head of South Jakarta Health SubOffice, Heny Fachrudin, said despite the Avian Influenza (AI) incident in poultry, none of the local residents were affected.
“Only chickens were involved, no human incident, but we still monitor the development,” said Heny.
Heny said the Health SubOffice received report of an AI outbreak in chickens about 3 days ago. They immediately conducted intense surveillance on the people living in the neighborhood and surrounding area.
“This week, we increased monitoring of poultry owners, surrounding residents, and neighbors for signs of flu,” she said.
The monitoring period could be extended to the next two weeks to ensure none of the residents were infected by AI. The local Community Health Center (Puskesmas) also started giving public education since the report was received.
Heny asked residents to seek medical attention at the Community Health Center if they suffer from flu-like symptoms, such as fever. Health officers have been dispatched to the field to examine residents.
“We hope nobody is affected,” said Heny. (Ahmad Faiz)