Thursday, December 13, 2012

Indonesia: This time New Bird Flu Transmitted Through Duck

December 13, 2012
Head of the Laboratory of Avian Influenza Research Centre University of Airlangga (Airlangga University), Prof.. Dr. drh. Chairul Anwar Nidom, declared the spread of bird flu virus through ducks and quails had happened this time. "There is no reason that the virus of bird flu subclade 2.3.2 (new) entered Indonesia through migratory birds, "he said at the Laboratory of Bio Safety Level ( BSL-3) Unair on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

He also agreed that if the government react less to stop the import of ducks to control this disease. "However, if the state is used to increase duck production in the country, it could be acceptable. However, it should be consistent," he said. According to Nidom, official statements seem concerned with the economic aspects than public health aspects.

The government should give full authority to quarantine centers to check the birds that are outside of Indonesia (country of origin of imported poultry) or check each incoming birds.

According Nidom, the government must determine whether the new virus has the potential to infect humans. According to him, Indonesia already has sophisticated laboratories and researchers Indonesia already qualified for such research.

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