Bali Bird Park - the home to over 1,500 birds from over 250 species has issued a formal statement in connection with the outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, in the region.
The statement issued by Mr. Chris Hibbard, the Curator at the Park, states:
• Avian influenza is a viral disease that has been detected in Southeast Asia amongst commercial poultry farms under intensive conditions only.
• The disease has not been identified in any pet or ornamental birds and neither has the disease been identified in any zoo, wildlife park or breeders establishment catering for exotic or pet birds.
• The disease is spread by contact with the affected bird and/or their feces. Bali Bird Park houses no chicken or other commercial poultry on its property and cancelled the use of all fresh chicken products for the past 6 weeks.
• The World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson, Mr. Peter Cordingley, has advised "that the WHO does not at this moment see bird flu as a serious public health threat." To date there have been no confirmed cases of human beings catching bird flu in Indonesia.
• Bird's affected by the disease usually die within a short time after contracting the illness. Bali Bird Park has had no losses from its collection from sudden death over the past few months which might indicate an avian influenza outbreak at the Park.
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