Pigs test positive for bird flu in village See comment
19 May 2006

JAKARTA: Pigs have tested positive for bird flu in the same village on Indonesia’s Sumatra island where five people have been confirmed infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus, a minister said….

The H5N1 virus is endemic in much of Indonesia.


I wanted some confirmation of this newstory before posting. As those of you who have educated yourselves on influenza know, moving from ducks into pigs can be significant.

Here is what ProMED has to say
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[Serological or other evidence for the possible current involvement of pigs in the epidemiology of HPAI H5N1 in Indonesia deserve to be carefully analysed and confirmed by a reference laboratory.

An official notification, sent by the Indonesian Veterinary Services to the OIE on 23 May 2005 (see 20050601.1526), said that H5N1 AI virus was detected in nasal swabs from clinically sound pigs in 2 locations within the Tangerang district, Banten province, West Java. Out of 26 swabs sampled on 23 Feb 2005, 14 Apr 2005 and 26 Apr 2005, 12 were reportedly found positive. It further stated that “partial stamping out” was “to be undertaken.”

Thus far, no clinical cases in pigs have been reported from Indonesia. – Mod.AS]

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