Indonesia: Epicenter of bird flu

January 31, 2008
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“The rooster started to crow at the unusually early hour of 3 a.m. and Partoparmin, a farmer in this small hillside village, went into his yard to look. All around him, chickens were lying on the ground, twitching and shaking.

“A few minutes later they were dead,” said Partoparmin, 60. “Right away I thought, this might be bird flu.”

Partoparmin, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, buried the chickens as he had learned to do from televised announcements, and no tests were done to confirm the cause of their death.” (International Herald Tribune)