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Jakarta Post

Officials on alert for mutant strain of avian flu

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 21 2012   /  08:46 am

Health authorities in cities across the nation are on the alert after a slew poultry deaths from a new strain of avian influenza.

The West Java Husbandry Agency, for instance, has intensified its supervision of poultry traffic after the deaths of 300,000 ducks in Central Java, East Java and West Java due to the rainy season and the suspected avian flu outbreak.

“We issued a circular on Dec. 10, 2012, to supervise and inspect poultry traffic and distribution, as well as to anticipate the bird flu virus,” Husbandry Agency chief T. Koesmayadi said as quoted by Antara news agency in Bandung, West Java.

“The agency has formed a special team to be on the alert around the clock,” he added.

Koesmayadi said that the agency was currently investigating reports of suspicious poultry deaths in the regencies of Bekasi and Indramayu. Inspectors have taken blood samp...