Thousands of poultry culled in Bali, Indonesia
www.chinaview.cn 2007-08-17 19:28:27   Print

Balinese local administrator volunteers cull chickens and ducks which are suspected of being infected by bird flu, by giving an injection in Denpasar on Bali, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2007. Indonesia confirmed on Monday its first human bird flu death on the popular island resort.

Balinese local administrator volunteers cull chickens and ducks which are suspected of being infected by bird flu, by giving an injection in Denpasar on Bali, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2007. Indonesia confirmed on Monday its first human bird flu death on the popular island resort.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)

    JAKARTA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The local government of Indonesia's Bali province has culled a total of 5,286 chickens following the death of a local resident infected with bird flu (Avian Influenza)virus of H5N1 recently, an official said Friday.

    "The cull will continue for one week in areas within one kilometer radius of the bird flu victim's home at Banyar Dangin Tukar Aya village and its surroundings" in Jembrana district, Antara news agency quoted head of the Jembrana agricultural, forestry and fishery office I Gusti Sanjaya as saying.

    A 29-year-old woman died on Aug. 12 on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, it was the first bird flu case on the world famous resort island. The case may further tarnish the image of Bali, which is still recovering from terror attacks in 2002 and 2005, as the country's premier tourist destination.

    The Jembrana administration also sprayed insecticides throughout the district three times, said the report.

    To prevent the virus from spreading to wider areas, Jembrana was temporarily "isolated" from other areas, by not allowing transportation of poultry into or out of the district, he said.

    A report of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said recently around 60 percent of all Indonesian households keep an estimated 300 million birds in their backyards.

    To date, 319 people from a dozen countries have been infected with the virus. Of them, at least 191 have died, including 83 in Indonesia alone. Nearly all of them were believed to have been infected through contact with poultry.

Editor: Sun Yunlong
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