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Officials Cull Bird Population in West Bali

Local Authorities Move Quickly to Contain H5N1 Outbreak in Domestic Poultry Populations in Jembrana District of Bali.

(8/5/2006) Bali's animal health officials culled and incinerated more than 1,300 chickens in the West Bali district of Jembrana on Wednesday, August 2, 2006, after 845 free-range domesticated chickens tested positive for the deadly H5N1 virus.

The sudden death of a large number of domestic chickens brought a special team of disease control officials to the affected villages who conducted tests and destroyed birds within a three kilometer radius of the outbreak. Officials also immediately introduced a number of biometric precautions which included the antiseptic spraying of all poultry cages in five separate locations at Jembrana.

While health officials continue to monitor developments in Jembrana closely, no human infections have been reported in connection with the latest outbreak.

H5N1 outbreaks have now been recorded in 27 of Indonesia's 33 provinces.