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UPDATED: 08:40, August 11, 2006
Indonesia culls 5.9 mln fowls to prevent spread of bird flu virus
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The Indonesian government has culled some 5.9 million fowls in various affected regions since the outbreak of bird flu in Indonesia in 2004, in a bid to prevent the spread of bird flu virus, according to a senior official on Thursday.

"Besides that, the government has also provided free vaccines for 262 million birds," Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono said after a coordinating meeting on bird flu control here.

The government has been conducting routine surveillance over fowls in endemic places and cooperating with local universities to find "hotspots" where the bird flu virus would most likely spread, he said.

At present, there were about 30 million households which raised fowls so that it was quite difficult for the government to control all of them, Antara news agency quoted the minister as saying.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said Indonesia would begin to produce oseltamivir/tamiflu in an effort to meet its need and to control the spread of the bird flu virus in the country.

The WHO (World Health Organization) has confirmed 57 bird flu cases in humans in Indonesia with 44 deaths.

Source: Xinhua

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