Sunday, December 16, 2012 | 15:53 pm
JAKARTA: Members of the House of Representatives Commission IV Ma'mur Hasanuddin suggested that the government stop imports ducklings (day old duck / DOD) for a while, because of the spread of bird flu (avian influenza) that is currently attacking duck farming ducks probably derived from imports.
At least 320,000 ducks (duck) in Central Java, West Java and East Java, died allegedly due to the bird flu virus.
The bird flu virus that attacks the local duck was first discovered in Indonesia and is klad (clade) or bird flu virus subgroup a new one. One reason is suspected of activities that are not safe importation of ducks.
"The outbreak of bird flu was not the first in Indonesia, the government should certainly be more anticipatory and preventive handle this case. Therefore intersectoral collaboration and ministries should be intensified, so that distribution is not widespread so that can be completed as early as possible, "he said through a press release received by Business Today.
Government through the Ministry of Health (MOH) said there was no Indonesian people contracted the H5N1 bird flu virus this new clade. Transmission of this clade in humans have been reported in China, Hong Kong and Bangladesh.
"If the allegations of the spread of bird flu is caused by the import of ducks, something is wrong in the implementation of activities. There is Law No. 18/2009 on Animal Husbandry and Animal Health definite break in the implementation oppose importation. "He said.
Establishment Act is also considering Indonesia's commitment to make adjustments and equalization legislation with the provisions of international conventions. For example, the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT), in particular the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), which regulates the import and export of animals and the protection of life or health of humans, animals, plants, and the environment.
Ma'mur urged governments to act faster than influenza in order to quickly trace the source of the virus, so if it is due to the importation of ducks and duck activity, it can be done immediately quarantine protection.
"To the importers should be carefully and quarantine process and procedural checks on the health of ducks on imports. Other than that it's good for the temporary importation menghentingkan Government to maximize the handling of the epidemic. "
Based on the records of the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Ministry of Agriculture virus that attacks the ducks this time from a different variant or group before. This new virus variants coded 2.3.2, like the bird flu virus that originated from countries such as Vietnam, China, Laos and Thailand.
Dangers current virus can cause high mortality in poultry than previous virus (code 2.1).