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Cablegate: Tangerang Officials Welcome Avian Influenza Assistance

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SUBJECT: TANGERANG OFFICIALS WELCOME AVIAN INFLUENZA ASSISTANCE

1.(U) Tangerang district's Bupati Ismet Iskondar thanked Ambassador
Hume and Singapore's Deputy Chief of Mission Lim Hong Huai for
contributions to the Tangerang Trilateral Project during an April 2
discussion on avian influenza. District and municipal officials
asked the Ambassador to help farmers manage the disease in poultry,
emphasizing that authorities are providing inadequate supplies of
poultry vaccine. One official explained that residents need 11
million doses of poultry vaccine but had received only one million
doses from the government. The Ambassador remarked that while
authorities have made progress to control the disease, considerable
risk remained due to physical living space, economic constraints and
current practices of raising poultry. Local people depend on
poultry as a source of income and protein but lack space to keep
birds separate from living quarters. Tangerang likewise lacks
sufficient space to separate bird markets from proximity of
residential, hospital and retail areas.

2. (U) While in Tangerang, the Ambassador toured a live bird market,
a duck farm and the avian influenza referral hospital. Hospital
officials praised the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU-2) for
its contributions to influenza surveillance and expressed interest
in greater collaboration with the United States. Officials also
emphasized the need for increased laboratory capacity to meet
current demand for timely lab analysis.

3. (U) Tangerang residents and journalists greeted the Ambassador at
every site, many waiting to take his photograph or briefly speak
with him. Numerous local papers featured stories of the visit and/or
carried photos of the Ambassador's stop at a local bird market.
Several articles highlighted U.S. assistance for avian influenza
control efforts in Tangerang.

4. (U) Jakarta's international airport is located in the Tangerang
district. Tangerang has had more human AI cases (25 of 132 cases)
than any other Indonesian district. Since October 2007, eleven of
the last 24 cases have occurred in Tangerang, thereby increasing
concern for addressing the avian influenza problem.

HUME

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