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July 10, 2006

Indonesia bird flu poultry death rate rises

Via Reuters: Indonesia bird flu poultry death rate rises.

The poultry death rate from the H5N1 avian flu virus in Indonesia, the country with the most human bird flu deaths this year, is worsening, possibly due to poor vaccination coverage, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Mathur Riady, director-general of livestock production at the agriculture ministry, said one million fowl, half of them quail, died of bird flu in the first three months of 2006. In 2005, deaths for the year as a whole were 1.2 million.

"Based on the data, there is a tendency of a rise in bird flu-related deaths in poultry. It may be caused by low vaccination coverage, particularly in small farms and backyard chickens," Riady told reporters.

"But it may also be because the reporting system on poultry deaths is getting better."

Posted by dymaxion at July 10, 2006 10:09 PM

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