The West Nusa Tenggara provincial administration has ordered its Husbandry and Animal Health Agency to ban poultry entering from other Indonesian provinces following outbreaks of the avian influenza virus.

The move is part of efforts to ensure that the virus does not enter West Nusa Tenggara, which has so far been declared free of the virus.   The agency has called on sub agencies in 10 regencies across the province to take the necessary precautions to prevent the virus spreading to the region, the JakartaPost reported.  


Officials of the agency will double the guard at the inter-province border, such as on the Lembar - Pandang Bai route, which connects West Lombok and Bali. More officials will be also be deployed in Bima, which links West Nusa Tenggara with East Nusa Tenggara through Sape Port.