Avian Influenza Spreading in Sukabumi
Saturday, 26 March 2016
Sukabumi – Data from Sukabumi District Livestock Services in West Java records more and more cases of Avian Influenza (AI), causing the death of hundreds of chickens owned by residents.
“In the beginning, AI cases were only reported in two subdistricts, Cikidang and Kabandungan, however now two more subdistricts, Sagaranten and Tegalbuleud, are involved,” said Head of Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health Division of Sukabumi District Livestock Services, Winda Sri Rahayu, on Saturday (26/3).
Initial test results of dead birds in all 4 districts were positive for AI. Cases are abundant during the rainy season because the wet weather and cold temperature makes birds more susceptible to disease. Moreover, poultry owned by residents are commonly released outside of pens.
Recent spread of AI is more due to weather factors instead of bird transportation. Additionally, the type of birds killed by recent events was chickens and ducks.
So far there is no report of any human incident, but the government is keeping a watchful eye on the development. “For the health of humans or the farmer, Health Services is more competent. We are only monitoring it from the animal aspect,” said Winda.
Winda urges people who own poultry to always maintain their health and the cleanliness of the pens, and if they find a dead bird to not touch it with bare hands, but use rubber gloves.
Also, when approaching a dead bird, people should always wear face covers, such as masks, and not throw the dead birds into rivers or try to consume it. “You should immediately report if any of your birds are found dead and bury or burn the carcass,” said Winda.
Meanwhile Head of Communicable Disease Eradication Division of Sukabumi District Health Services, Harun Al Rasyid, said from direct examination conducted by the office at the incident site, none of the residents suffer from AI-like illness. (Red: Ani Nursalikah)