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Jakarta Post

Residents worry as chickens die en masse

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

South Lampung   /   Sat, January 30 2010   /  12:53 pm

Residents in South Lampung are panicking following the sudden deaths of thousands of chickens owned by poultry company PT Central Avian Pertiwi, despite the birds having been previously cleared of avian flu. However, after samples were re-tested at the Lampung Livestock and Animal Husbandry Agency lab, they were tested positive for H5N1. The egg-laying hens, totaling more than 12,000, have currently been culled and tens of thousands of others have been isolated. "Residents are afraid they will be infected by the bird flu virus. The poultry company has taken several measures, such as isolating the healthy chickens, destroying the sick and those showing signs of being infected," said South Lampung Livestock Agency head Ahmad Khandrie on Friday. The poultry farm is now under the supervision of the Tanjungkarang Veterinary Agency, Lampung Husbandry Office and South Lampun...