Indonesia plans to ban backyard poultry
Jakarta is preparing to ban backyard poultry farming in
a renewed effort to fight bird flu, after the feared disease killed four people
The fatalities raised Indonesia's death toll from the virus to 61â€”the
highest in the world. The vast majority of bird
cases have occurred after contact with infected poultry.
"This is already a situation of health emergency, and we hope that the
protection of humans will be much better if birds and humans are separated,"
said Aburizal Bakrie, the coordinating minister for people's welfare. He spoke
after a meeting between ministers and the heads of the Jakarta, West Java and
Banten regions, which have been worst-hit by the H5N1
Fadillah Supari, said most of Indonesia's victims had had contact with poultry
around the house rather than birds from commercial farms. Indonesia's efforts to
curb the spread of bird flu have been hampered by the reluctance of some poultry
owners, especially backyard farmers, to hand over their sick or potentially
infected birds for slaughter.
"In principle, there should be no birds in residential areas," the minister
said, adding that regulations banning backyard poultry will be introduced in the
three worst-hit regions.
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