Indonesian governor issues bird flu deadline

Indonesian governor issues bird flu deadline

Indonesian governor issues bird flu deadline

Updated 31 March 2012, 1:10 AEDT

Jakarta's governor has given a two-week deadline for door-to-door checks to be completed to enforce a ban on domestic poultry.

The ban was introduced last month to tackle bird flu, which has killed eight people so far this year in Indonesia, but was hampered by major floods in the Indonesian capital.

The Media Indonesia daily says Governor Sutiyoso has given two weeks to the mayors to raid residents' poultry.

He says poor knowledge about bird flu meant people are unaware of the danger of keeping poultry in residential areas.

Major floods hit Jakarta on February 2, the day after the ban was put into effect, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.

Indonesia has suffered the highest human death toll from bird flu, with 65 fatalities since June 2005. Six of the eight deaths this year have been in Jakarta and surrounding areas.