Who Is Spreading Avian Influenza in the Moving Duck Flock Farming Network of Indonesia?
Joerg Henning, Dirk U Pfeiffer, Mark Stevenson, Didik Yulianto, Walujo Priyono, Joanne Meers
PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2016
Duck populations are considered to be a reservoir of Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus H5N1 in some agricultural production systems, as they are able to shed the virus for several days without clinical signs. Countries endemically affected with HPAI in Asia are characterised by production systems where ducks are fed on post-harvest spilled rice. During this scavenging process it is common for ducks to come into contact with other duck flocks or wild birds, thereby providing opportunities for virus spread. Effective risk management for HPAI has been significantly compromised by a limited understanding of management of moving duck flocks in these countries, despite of a small numb..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Centre for Agriculture Research
Funding for this project was provided by the Australian Centre for Agriculture Research (project no. AH/2004/040). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.