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Indonesia on track to combat bird flu

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 6 2016   /  09:42 am

Amid a rise in bird flu cases among fowls this year, the government confirms there have been no indications of human cases.

 “People should report [to the government] any cases of mass deaths of flocks of birds. Farmers are also urged to conduct proper bio-security procedures and vaccination,” Muhammad Azhar, the coordinator of the avian influenza quick control unit at the Agriculture Ministry, said recently.

He explained that by conducting the preventive procedures, farmers could remain safe from the risk of avian influenza (AI) transmission. One simple measures, he said, was constructing a fence or wall to limit birds’ direct contact with the outside environment.

The ministry has also encouraged farmers to implement a proper vaccination program. This includes using legal vaccine products from the Agriculture Ministry, giving vaccines according to the pr...