Dept con­firms ‘ayam kam­pung’ deaths due to H5N1

New Straits Times - - News / Region -

KOTA BARU: The Ke­lan­tan Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices De­part­ment has con­firmed that 15 “ayam kam­pung” in Kam­pung Pu­lau Tebu, Tun­jong, here, died this week of avian flu H5N1.

State Agri­cul­ture and Agrobased In­dus­try Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Che Ab­dul­lah Mat Nawi said three cases were re­ported in that vil­lage and all were tested pos­i­tive for H5N1 on Mon­day.

“The flu is lim­ited to the vil­lage.

“The au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing the state Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices De­part­ment, have taken steps to pre­vent it from spread­ing.

“Peo­ple should not panic, but co­op­er­ate with the au­thor­i­ties. “It is safe to con­sume chicken.” Ab­dul­lah said six vet­eri­nary lab­o­ra­tory staff who tested the car­casses of the dead chick­ens were quar­an­tined at Tumpat Hos­pi­tal on Mon­day to en­sure they were free of the dis­ease.

“They were quar­an­tined for 24 hours and al­lowed to leave when it was con­firmed that they were not in­fected.”

Ab­dul­lah said the de­part­ment had started culling birds in the vil­lage and 170 birds had been put down.

He said the H5N1 cases this time were not on a mass scale like in 2004, where thou­sands of birds were culled.

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