Indonesia reports avian influenza in ducks

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Samples collected from ducks in Amuntal Tengah, South Kalimantan tested positive for highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI).

Indonesia reported the cases to WOAH on May 1 after the tests were conducted at the Disease Investigation Center in Banjar Baru.

The government said as many as 4430 birds were affected and 5770 birds were susceptible. The population affected were Alabio ducks of various ages collected from several sources. The infected farm is located close to a pond wild birds frequent. The transmission source is still unknown, but wild birds the role of wild birds cannot be ruled out.

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“The case was confirmed by PCR tests and followed up with genome sequencing, which detected and confirmed a new clade,” it added.

Local authorities have responded to the outbreak by vaccination, surveillance within and outside the restricted zone, traceability, selective killing and disposal (of carcasses, byproducts, and waste), movement control, and disinfection.