Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Indonesia: MoH Anticipation of Bird Flu Virus Mutation

December 11, 2012, 21:59 pm

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA - Not long ago, hundreds of thousands of ducks owned poultry farmers in Java died suddenly due to Avian influenza virus or better known as H5N1.
Poultry deaths occurred in the province of East Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta and West Java. It is feared, the virus has attacked humans although until now there has been no reports of people suspect.

Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health (P2PL) Ministry of Health, Prof. Dr. Tjandra Yoga Aditama SPP (K) said that a mutation in the influenza virus can indeed occur, and is always the case in many countries. "Yang. now happening is mutated H5N1 bird flu virus that became clade (kind of) new, namely clade 2.3.2. mutations to clade 2.3.2 present in poultry, except in Indonesia also reported in Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong, "he said. So far, he said, no man in Indonesia who contracted the bird flu virus H5N1 clade that recently. "MoH has done anticipation and alertness for example, to create a circular to the health department in the area, so be aware if there are a large number of poultry deaths," he said. MoH also asked health office in the area to prevent and control the possibility of human contact with poultry deaths in large numbers . "Had it no close human contact with poultry deaths in large numbers, it is done with good handling procedures," he added. Later, he added, need to check dinkes in areas of logistics, coordination and monitoring and reporting when there are developments to watch "Coordination with other ministries as well as absolutely necessary to coordinate with the Ministry of Agriculture to monitor developments, as well as with relevant experts. Also any developments and scientific materials are always deployed to the affected areas, "he said.
Additionally MoH coordination with international organizations.

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