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Indonesia Reports 18 Bird Flu Outbreaks

by 5m Editor
27 April 2011, at 12:31am

INDONESIA - A total of 18 outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been reported, all in Gorontalo province in northern Sulawesi, a region free of the disease for almost four years.

The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 26 April to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report describes 18 outbreaks of HPAI starting between 30 March and 6 April in the region of Gorontalo, all in village flocks.

In total 4,709 birds were affected, of which 817 and 4,119 have been destroyed.

The presence of the H5N1 sub-type of the HPAI virus has been confirmed.

It adds that since the end of March 2011, and with laboratory confirmation by the Disease Investigation Center in Maros, the Gorontalo province is infected with HPAI. Since then, the disease has spread in four districts of Gorontalo province: Gorontalo, Gorontalo municipality, Boalemo and Bone Bolango. Stamping out is the main control measure for HPAI in the area. Movement control of poultry has been done, especially using check points.

OIE's Animal Health Information Department added that even though HPAI has been declared endemic in the country by Indonesia in September 2006, this report is published because it constitutes a reoccurrence of the disease in Gorontalo province since June 2007.

Further Reading

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