Indonesia has begun to distribute Tamiflu to some 2,100 people in the West Java town of Garut where three people have been infected with the avian influenza virus, the local newspaper The Jakarta Post reported Tuesday.
The distribution started on Monday as part of the campaign to increase public awareness of the deadly H5N1 virus, which has killed 46 people in the country.
Fatimah Resmiati, spokeswoman from West Java environmental health office of the Health Ministry, was quoted as saying that the government had also distributed 200 books about bird flu to elementary school children.
The local administration and authority figures have been asked to comply with the 1984 Epidemics Law, the daily said.
The law obliges regional leaders to report on and contain epidemics by mobilizing people, conducting epidemiological research and public campaigns, terminating the source of the disease, handling corpses and conducting required isolation and quarantine operations.
The law carries a prison sentence of up to one year and a 1 million rupiah (around 105 U.S. dollars) fine for those who hamper prevention efforts.
"This campaign is very important so that people will not force suspected bird flu patients to leave the hospital and so they can detect infected poultry early and report birds' sudden deaths before they infect humans," Fatimah said.
Three Garut residents age have been confirmed H5N1 positive, two of them died last week.