"More virulent than (normal) H5N1" says head of the Animal Health Department.
Dozens of poultry in Sanden died suddenly- Bird flu suspected
Thursday, November 29, 2012
BANTUL - Dozens of birds ducks in the District of Sanden and Jetis known died suddenly since last two months. Allegedly, the mass death of birds due to virus attack Avian Influenza (AI).
According to the Head of Animal Health Department of Agriculture and Forestry (Dispertahut) Bantul, Agus Riyadmadi, so far it only received reports from a number of farmers in the village of Srigading, Sanden, and Village Trimulyo, Jetis.
"Data while, there were about 50 ducks that died suddenly. Symptoms are almost the same, lame duck walk, giddy, and finally seizures. It is similar to the symptoms of H5N1 (bird flu). However, this is not the bird flu, "said Agus, Thursday (29/11).
Agus explained, the virus that causes the death of dozens of ducks this time more virulent than H5N1. Therefore, the H5N1 virus is not known to cause death in ducks. To ascertain the cause of death, Center for Veterinary Wates Yogyakarta has taken samples about two months ago.
It takes about two to three months for the Center for Veterinary publish the results of the study. Kasi Animal Health Services Dispertahut Bantul, Subeno added, duck deaths with symptoms of paralysis and seizures can also be due to environmental factors.