Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - Backyard poultry farming should be relocated to a special area far from residential areas, Prof. Vet. Charles Rangga Tabbu, a pathologist of the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM)`s faculty of medicine, said here on Thursday.
The measure would be needed to prevent the spreading of Avian Influenza (AI) virus to wider areas, Prof. Tabbu said in a coordinating meeting on bird flu organized by the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration.
"I have noticed that almost all poultry farming in East Nusa Tenggara are located in home backyard. I suggest that commercial poultry farming be relocated to a special location which is isolated, so it could be monitored easily," he said.
Meanwhile, thousands of chickens have died of Newcastle Disease (ND) since last week in Alak sub district, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara .
"I went to the location to check on the death of chickens in Alak sub district and we concluded that the chickens died by the ND virus," Prof. Tabbu, said earlier.
He said the ND virus almost resembled the bird flu virus but after checking the bodies of the dead chickens, it was found out that the chickens had died of the ND virus.
However, the pathologist suggested that the dead chickens be buried or burned immediately to prevent them from being eaten by dogs or pigs which could cause the virus to spread widely.
He also suggested the culling of the remaining chickens as they might also have been infected with the ND virus.