Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Backyard poultry ban as Indonesia acts to stop bird flu

Indonesians will be banned from keeping poultry as the Government tries to stop the spread of bird flu.

But Indonesia’s Minister for People’s Welfare, Aburizal Bakrie, has admitted it will be hard to enforce the ban across the vast Indonesian archipelago in which most families keep chickens in their backyards.

After meeting health officials in Jakarta, Mr Bakrie said Indonesia faced a possible emergency as bird flu again spread through parts of Asia.

Acting after four deaths from the H5NI bird flu virus in Indonesia in the past week, the Government has begun widespread culling of poultry in the high-risk provinces of Banten, Jakarta and West Java.

“This step will be followed by similar actions in 14 other provinces which have had bird flu outbreaks,” Mr Bakrie said.

The Government plans to push provincial and local administrators to warn people about the virus and step up other efforts, including the vaccination of healthy poultry and distribution of free Tamiflu medicine to people with flu symptoms.

The Government will pay people 12,500 rupiah ($A1.75) for each fowl taken from them. The rate of compensation for small-scale and commercial poultry farming had not yet been decided, Mr Bakrie said.

Source: Australian News

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