Indonesian City defies order to cull poultry as bird flu claims new victims

JAKARTA - Coloured chickens are put on sale at a market in Indonesia, where residents are ignoring a ban on raising domestic poultry that has been imposed to halt the spread of bird flu. The disease has killed six people this year, but health officials who are searching properties in Jakarta, the capital, to check that birds have been slaughtered have been overwhelmed by the workload.
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The ban was introduced to the city by its governor, Sutiyoso, who gave residents two weeks’ notice to destroy the birds. More than 100,000 have been slaughtered, but it is estimated that more than one million are still in the capital. “The huge numbers of poultry in Jakarta are overwhelming officers,” the governor said.

Source: Times Online

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