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Jakarta Post

Govt accused of easing up in fight against bird flu

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 13 2011   /  08:00 am

Waning efforts to control the spread of Avian Influenza, including separating poultry farms from residential areas, may be behind the recent increase in human bird flu cases, a ministry official says.

Tjandra Yoga Aditama, the director general of disease control and environmental health at the Health Ministry, said on Wednesday that the H5N1 virus would continue to infect humans as long as there were no serious efforts to curb infections in poultry.

“It is a question of whether we can completely destroy the virus in poultry,” Tjandra told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

The flu virus is a common disease among poultry, but it became a global health concern when human cases were found in China and Vietnam in 2003.

Indonesia saw the highest number of human bird flu cases from 2006 to 2008, with the majority of cases reported in its densely populated provinces ...