17 April 2016

Bird flu returns to Bali?

A reported outbreak of bird flu (H5N1) killing off poultry in Java has caused the Badung regency government to give early warnings to the Animal Quarantine Agency.
This was announced via written letter by the head of Badung regency’s Department of Animal Husbandry, Marine Life and Fisheries.
“The high number of domestic and international travelers in Badung makes us pay full attention to the virus, which is harmful to both humans and animals. If it infects Bali, it could harm tourism in Bali, especially in Badung,” he said.
Thousands of infected poultry in Banyuwangi, East Java died suddenly and what's so worrying about that is approximately 50 percent of Bali’s chicken supply comes from Java. Badung regency says it is raising awareness about bird flu with local residents by going around and encouraging proper hygiene (e.g. regularly cleaning cages, washing hands with soap) for those handling poultry. Furthermore, if residents experience a fever after direct contact with poultry, they should seek medical attention immediately. The regency is also apparently providing residents free vaccination and disinfectant spraying for their poultry.

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