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Ducking a Threat

New Genetic Variety of Bird Flu Virus Surfaces in Duck Populations of 3 Regencies of Bali.

(1/6/2013) Based on observations by the Livestock and Animal Health Department for the Province of Bali, bird flu has been detected in ducks in 3 separate regencies of Bali. Ducks infected with a variant gene 2.3.2 of the H5N! virus have been confirmed in the regencies of Buleleng, Klungkung and Tabanan.

The head of the Livestock and Animal Health Department for Bali, Putu Sumantra, said on Saturday, January 5, 2013, said that in anticipation of a wider contagion of bird flu, his department in cooperation with the regencies and municipalities in Bali have undertaken limited extermination of domesticated fowls and sprayed disinfectant.

Authorities are blaming the most recent outbreak of bird flu on live poultry smuggled onto the island.

Sumantara has called on regencies and municipalities to tighten supervision of the movement of poultry between regencies in order to avoid a wider area of contagion. Sumantara estimates the number of ducks that have died from the variant of bird flu (2.3.2) in Bali are 2,000 in Buleleng, 100 in Klungkung and 1 in Tabanan.

The avian flu (bird flu) sub-type of 2.3.2 is a recently discovered variant of the H5N1 strain.

There are still no confirmed instances in which the 2.3.2 variant found in poultry has infected human beings.