US, Indonesian scientists team up to tackle bird flu spread

US, Indonesian scientists team up to tackle bird flu spread

US, Indonesian scientists team up to tackle bird flu spread

Updated 30 March 2012, 14:20 AEDT

American and Indonesian scientists have joined forces in a bid to halt the high number of bird flu deaths in Indonesia.

The US deputy undersecretary of agriculture, Charles Lambert, says the group will focus on stemming the spread of the virus in Indonesia's poultry industry.

His comments came in Jakarta at the opening of an office for the team, which consists of four local scientists and one from the United States, plus support staff.

Seventy four people have died in Indonesia from bird flu since June 2005.

Most cases have occurred after contact with sick birds.