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Jakarta Post

Avian flu outbreaks in East Java, Riau

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 23 2011   /  11:32 am

Hundreds of chickens have died in fresh outbreaks of avian flu in Riau and East Java.The outbreak in Riau was centered in Meranti Island regency and Pekanbaru city. Authorities declared avian flu “endemic” in Pacitan, East Java after a dozen outbreaks were reported in the regency.Residents of Rumbai Pesisir in Pekanbaru, Riau, were reportedly haunted by anxiety following the sporadic deaths of many of their chickens over the last three weeks.“The Pekanbaru Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Office has confirmed that the dead chickens were infected with the avian flu virus,” resident Masril, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Masril said that first dead chickens were discovered on Feb. 4. “After that the infection spread everywhere,” he said.Pekanbaru Health Office chief Dahril Darwis said he deployed a team to monitor the outbreak and  distributed doses of tamiflu, used to s...