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Jakarta Post

Farmers, public told to be alert to bird flu threat

  • Luh De Suriyani


The Jakarta Post, Denpasar   /   Sat, November 1 2008   /  10:37 am

A senior government official asked the island's poultry farmers and residents to be even more alert for Avian Influenza (AI) as the island would soon enter the rainy season during which influenza usually occurs. "Avian Influenza (AI) on the island is currently under control. However we ask the poultry farmers and the general public to be more vigilant because we will soon be entering the rainy season," head of Bali's Animal Husbandry Agency, IB Ketut Alit said earlier this week. "The rainy season is particularly prone to influenza outbreaks." The increase in alertness level, Alit said, should be focused on early warning measures such as monitoring and reporting any initial signs of an outbreak. From January to October 2008, the agency recorded only one case of an AI infection. It was detected and reported in March and involved five chicke...