From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2012:
Cockfighting & H5N1–again
BALI--Responding to an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza that was rumored to have killed a child, health officials on April 26, 2012 killed 230 gamecocks at the Satria Bird Market in Denpasar, the Balian capital.
”Since the onset of the H5N1 panzootic in Eastern Asia in 2004,” posted www.ProMed.org moderator Arnon Shim-shony, “fighting cocks have been incriminated many times as the vector of the virus, including in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. For instance, smuggled fighting cocks from Thailand were found by the Malaysians to be the mode of the H5N1 avian influenza virus introduction in August 2004. Similarly, Indonesia reported that the virus was introduced by smuggled fighting cocks.”
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