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Bird Flu Fears Hit Restaurant Demands

by 5m Editor
13 March 2008, at 10:21am

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Demand for poultry meat in Indonesian restaurants has seen a large drop recently as the consumer fears of Avian Flu is brought to market.

Of all countries Indonesia has been hit, the hardest by bird flu, with 105 fatality out of 129 cases, according to the health ministry. Contact with chicken has been the main cause of the death in the sprawling archipelago country, in which 32 millions of families raise chicken in back-yard farms.


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"The request of the food made from poultry meat has decreased in restaurants nationwide"
chairwoman of the Indonesian Hoteland Restaurant Association Wiryanti Sukamdani

"The request of the food made from poultry meat has decreased in restaurants nationwide,"the chairwoman of the Indonesian Hoteland Restaurant Association Wiryanti Sukamdani told a press conference here.

Sukamdani said that the association had already taken measures by explaining hotels and restaurants about how to prevent the dangers of the disease.

Both hotels and restaurants had already imposed a very tight surveillance on avoiding the disease, she said.

The highly pathogenic H5N1 virus has spread to 32 out of 33 provinces in the country since 2003, including the center of the tourist destination Bali island, according to the health ministry.

Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country and home to millions of backyard chickens, is considered a possible hot spot for spreading the disease, although the country has culled millions of chickens.

The country has been at the front row in fighting the spreading of highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses, which have slowly and persistently spread on human.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.

5m Editor