Indonesia defends AI fight after latest deaths
In the wake of three recent deaths from avian influenza
in Indonesia, the country has continued to defend its efforts in fighting the
Indonesia has long been criticised for not using well-established methods
for eradicating bird
, including mass culling and vaccination.
The government's defense is that it is unable to offer adequate
compensation to the millions of backyard poultry farmers who may be affected by
mass culling. Similarly, the demographics of the country's poultry flock make
vaccination impractical, it says.
"We are doing the best we can," said Nyoman Kandun, a senior Health
According to the World Health Organisation's official count
, there have been 72
cases of bird flu in humans in Indonesia, 55 of which have been fatal. Indonesia
has the highest death toll worldwide from the disease.
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