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South Sulawesi Hit by Bird Flu

by 5m Editor
8 July 2011, at 12:21am

INDONESIA - More than 10,000 poultry are reported to have died of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in South Sulawesi.

Bird flu H5N1 outbreaks in Sidrap municipality, South Sulawesi, have killed at least 10,000 chickens, according to Bird Flu Corner, citing a report in Indonesia newspaper, Kompas. The disease has spread to nearly entire farming area in Sidrap.

The outbreak has possibly spread in Desa (village) Wanio, Kecamatan Panca Lautang, Desa Lanrang and Bulo, and Desa Tanete. Desa Tanete is the largest of layer chicken farms center in Sidrap. The outbreak was first noticed in Desa Wanio, before then it spread to other area.

The Head of Livestock Service of Sidrap, Muhammad Azis said they dispatched a team for monitoring as soon as they received the reports. Tests on the dead chickens were positive bird flu H5N1.

Mr Azis mentioned the outbreak mostly hit native/backyard chickens and rarely found in commercial chickens. Officials had taken control measures by disinfection of susceptible chicken farms in Sidrap.

There are about 3.4 millions layers and two millions broiler chickens need be rescued in Sidrap, said Mr Azis.

Further Reading

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