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Jakarta Post

Avian flu reappears in South Sumatra

  • Khairul Saleh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 2 2011   /  11:00 am

Avian flu outbreaks in Prabumulih and Palembang in South Sumatra have prompted the municipalities’ governments to call for a mass culling of animals infected or suspected to have been infected by the H5N1 virus.The Prabumulih administration issued an alert after avian flu cases were recorded in eight subdistricts of the municipality.The outbreak came as a shock after many thought the disease had been successfully curbed over the last several years.Prabumulih municipal Horticulture, Agriculture, Husbandry and Fishery (PPKPP) Agency chief R.A. Hanunah said the alert was issued as a preventive measure to stop the virus from infecting
humans.“At this moment we’re continuing to conduct dissemination activities, especially in the affected areas,” Hanunah said, Monday.Without giving data on the number of animals culled, Hanunah called on local residents to take care of their poultry...