January 5, 2010
Kuala Kapuas – Thousands of chickens confirmed to have died of bird flu H5N1 virus in Kabupaten Kapuas. Confirmation test to dead bird specimens, such as organ, serum and swab, was done by Veterinary Investigation and Diagnostic Center (BPPV) Regional V, Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan.
Total 82 specimens were collected from dead chickens in several sub-districts (kecamatan), i.e. Kecamatan Pulau Petak, Selat, Kapuas Timur and Basarang.
For Desa Batu Nidan, Kecamatan Basarang, 3 backyard chicken samples tested positive bird flu infection.
For Kuala Kapuas, 1 of broiler chicken samples tested positive bird flu infection.
Sudden deaths in chickens in Kuala Kapuas were started at beginning of December 2009 until 3 January 2010. Total chicken deaths in 7 sub-districts are 6,615 chickens. Numbers in detail according to sub-districts are: Kecamatan Basarang 3,909, Selat 360, Petak 953, Kapuas Hilir 422, Kapuas timur 255, Kapuas Murung 500 and Kapuas Kuala 16 chickens.
So far, bird flu H5N1 virus only attack chickens in South Kalimantan. No bird to human virus transmission is reported.
Source: Indonesia local newspaper, Kapuas Zone.