- Laboratory tests on blood samples from
4 dead chickens and one ailing chicken in Batam have shown that they carried
the bird-flu virus, a local government official said here on Saturday [11
- Jusak, an official of the local marine
resources, fisheries and agricultural service, said the discovery meant
that the deadly disease had already reached Batam, the country's oldest
- He said that how the virus had come to
Batam was still unknown but that it was believed the source of the infection
was wild birds.
- The blood sample from a sick chicken
in Kampung Tiban Koperasi in Sekupang had also tested positive for the
- In view of the discoveries, Jusak said
his office had called on all parties, particularly poultry farmers, to
increase cleanliness at their farms.
- "Fortunately, until now, the virus
has not claimed any human life here. But we have to be alert to the danger,"
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Islands province of Indonesia, 415 sq/km, with about 600 000 inhabitants.
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