JAKARTA, July 28 (Xinhuanet) -- The Indonesian government has chosen selective
culling instead of mass culling to counter the widespread bird flu due to
financial strain, a minister said here on Thursday.
The plan was canceled to mass cull all the poultry within the radius of
three kilometers of all the bird flu affected areas, Agricultural Minister Anton
The Agriculture Ministry earlier said that it planned to slaughter all the
poultry and pigs within the radius of three kilometers of the areas affected by
the H5N1 virus across the country. It also announced that from August, 2003, to
July 1, 2005,the virus had spread to 21 provinces and 132 districts or cities
and already caused the death of 9.53 million chickens.
Last week, the Health Ministry said that a man and his two young daughters
who died earlier this month in Tangerang, northwest of Jakarta, had tested
positive for the H5N1 strain of the deadly bird flu virus.
Officials of the World Health Organization once feared that thebird flu
virus would mutate and mix with human influenza, creatinga deadly pandemic
strain that became easily transmissible and could kill millions of people.
The strain has killed hundreds of thousands of birds
and killed58 people in Asia since resurfacing in 2003. Enditem