Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Indonesia: C. Java to distribute new bird flu vaccines in Feb

hat-tip Pandemic Flu Information []

January 09 2013
The Central Java administration will start distributing in February vaccines for a new strain of bird flu, identified as H5N1 clade 2.3.2, that has killed thousands of ducks in Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java.
Central Java Animal Husbandry Agency chief Whitono said on Wednesday that the master seed of the vaccines--discovered last December in Sukoharjo, Central Java--was currently being produced by the Agriculture Ministry’s Animal Husbandry Department.
“It takes between a month and a month and a half to multiply the vaccines. God willing the new vaccines will start circulating within the first week in February,” he said.
In the meantime, poultry farmers are obliged to comply with appropriate bio-security measures, especially after directly handling poultry, according to Whitono.
They were also advised to use the vaccines for the older avian flu strain of clade 2.1.3 which killed chickens before the new vaccines arrived, he added.
The agency reported that more than 196,233 ducks had died from the new virus in 28 regencies and cities in the province.

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