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Jakarta Post

New bird flu cases strike 11 regencies in West Java

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Tue, March 1 2011   /  01:54 am

New bird flu cases have been detected in 11 of West Java’s 26 cities and regencies. Experts are blaming a lack of public awareness about the importance of cleanliness when handling poultry coupled with the effects of climate change.

Since Jan. 4, 2011, there have been 41 reported avian flu infections in humans in Indonesia, with nearly 33,929 chickens dead from the virus.

West Java Animal Husbandry Office head Kusmayadi said Monday that the virus was spreading because of the unpredictable weather.

The public’s awareness of the importance of cleanliness in poultry sheds has also dropped significantly.

The largest number of chicken deaths was found in a poultry shed in Sukabumi, where 30,000 chickens had died.

“Raining, dry, raining, dry. The weather has strengthened the attacking power of the virus at a time when public awareness is diminishing,...