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September 06, 2006

Spread of bird flu virus in N. Sumatra still worrying

Antara News Agency reports Spread of bird flu virus in N. Sumatra still worrying. Excerpt:

The spread of the bird flu (Avian Influenza/AI) virus in North Sumatra is still worrying despite the cull of some 73,096 poultry in the province recently, a provincial government official said.

The poultry cull was intended to break the chain of the HN51 virus's transmission, a spokesman of the North Sumatra Administration said here on Wednesday.

Of the total 73,096 culled poultry, some 37,458 were in Karo District, 20,012 in Simalungun, 14,727 in Dairi and 899 in Deli Serdang District.

For every chicken or bird culled, the government provided compensation worth Rp12,500 each.

Bird flu cases have occurred in 16 districts out of the total 25 districts in North Sumatra up to August 2006.

Among the affected districts are Deli Serdang, Binjai, Dairi, Medan, Tebing Tinggi, Langkat, Samosir, Serdang Bedagai, Simalungun, Tapanuli Selatan, Tapanuli Utara, Toba Samosir, Mandailing Natal, Humbang Hasundutan, and Kabupaten Karo.

The bird flu virus infection has badly affected the poultry business in the province.

Posted by dymaxion at September 6, 2006 11:10 PM

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