Quaint vil­lage finds un­wanted fame

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA BARU: Kam­pung Ca­bang Tiga Pen­dek is a small vil­lage on the out­skirts of the state cap­i­tal, but it was a hive of ac­tiv­ity re­cently with Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices De­part­ment staff from all over the coun­try flock­ing to the area.

More than 1,000 chick­ens in the vil­lage have died due to the H5N1 avian flu, which is among the high­est count from the out­break so far.

Chicken farmer Sazuri Awang said the vil­lagers were wor­ried when they re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about the area be­ing gazetted as an H5N1 out­break area.

“Since last month, there has been a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties in our vil­lage as many vet­eri­nary of­fi­cers and health per­son­nel en­tered the vil­lage to check for the virus and to cull the birds.

“How­ever, things are back to nor­mal as birds in the vil­lage have been culled,” said the 47year-old fa­ther of three.

Sazuri, who breeds free-range chicken, suf­fered losses of more than RM16,000 when 800 of his chick­ens died last month, while an­other 1,040 were culled.

Vil­lager Zainab Abd Razak, 47, said she could not sleep for al­most a week worrying about the safety of her fam­ily af­ter be­ing in­formed that the area was clas­si­fied as one of the epi­demic’s lo­ca­tions.

“We can now sleep well as the of­fi­cers have stopped com­ing to the vil­lage for in­spec­tions.

“From now on, we must be more care­ful if we want to rear chicken.”

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