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Indonesia opts for selective culling to counter bird flu
www.chinaview.cn 2005-07-28 21:07:26

    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 Apriantono said.

    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

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