Saturday, April 28, 2012

H5N1 Bali: Hundreds of Poultry in Bali Bird Flu Positive

VIVAnews – The death of a child in Kintamani, Bangli District, Bali, with the initials of NP, 8, from bird flu infection, has forced the Department of Animal Husbandry in Denpasar and Bali Province to conduct poultry inspection in Satria Bird Market in Denpasar.

Applying rapid test method, the officers discovered hundreds of poultry being marketed carry the deadly virus.

“The chickens are bird flu positive. We conducted a restrictive extermination to cut the cycle of H5N1 virus distribution,” said Head of Animal Health Laboratory of the Animal Husbandry Department in Bali Province, Wayan Sukanadi, on Thursday.

Sukanadi said the decision to inspect the poultry is due to the many reports about the sudden deaths of chickens. Before NP’s death, officers have also received reports about chickens that died shortly after being purchased from the market.

Considering these symptoms, the Department of Animal Husbandry in Denpasar finally implemented supervision and discovered two dead chickens that were going to be sold. The chickens were positive with the H5N1 virus. Read More