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Indonesia Goes on Alert After Bird Flu Kills Man, Bird Death Epidemic Spreads in India

By Femi Adi – “JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia confirmed yesterday that a bird-flu virus killed a 23-year-old pigeon fancier Saturday in Jakarta, prompting the government to step up preventive measures at hospitals.

Three hospitals dedicated to handling the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in the city of 9.6 m illion people were ordered to provide stand-by rooms for suspected patients, Dien Emmawati, head of Jakarta’s Health Agency, said by phone yesterday. More ambulances for bird-flu patients will also be added, she said.

The virus has killed more than 80 percent of people infected in the country since it was first reported in 2005, health-ministry data show. The strain was first recorded in humans in Hong Kong in 1997 and has since spread through Asia, Europe and Africa, resulting in the deaths of tens of millions of birds and raising concerns of a global outbreak.

‘I hope people realize the danger of bird flu is still lurking in Jakarta,’ Emmawati said.

Avian flu has the potential to cause a deadly pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Since 2003, more than 500 people have been infected with the H5N1 strain worldwide and about 60 percent have died, according to the Atlanta-based agency.” Read more.

India: Death of many crows and ducks create panic in Jajpur – “The mysterious epidemic that has claimed many crows and hens in some areas of Odisha recently has now spread to Jajpur district , with about 150 crow and ducks deaths in Jajpur Road over last two days , triggering panic among residents who have been advised by experts not to touch the carcasses. ‘Recently many crows have died due to the deadly bird flu disease or H5N1 virus in areas of Jharkhand, bordering Odisha for which we are taking proper steps after crows started dying in Jajpur Road’, said Dr Kailash Chandra Mohanty the chief district veterinary officer (CDVO) of Jajpur on Thursday.” Read more.

Bird Flu back in Bhutan – “The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed that H5N1, the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, has been signalled the Bhutanese village of Tsimasham, in the Chhukha district. The outbreak was first noticed on the 30th of December, when 87 chickens succumbed at backyard poultry farm near a national highway. On the 5th and 6th of January the authorities started culling birds from the stricken and neighbouring farms, after the Bhutan national laboratory of animal health confirmed the outbreak.” Read more.

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