Shabery: Bird flu out­break in east coast state un­der con­trol

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KOTA BARU: The public is urged not to panic over the avian flu (H5N1) out­break in Ke­lan­tan as it is un­der con­trol.

Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Shabery Cheek said the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties had taken pro­fes­sional steps to pre­vent the dis­ease from spread­ing.

“So far, the H5N1 virus had only af­fected kam­pung chick­ens. Com­mer­cial chick­ens are free from the virus.

“Peo­ple do not have to worry about eat­ing com­mer­cial chick­ens,” he said af­ter at­tend­ing a brief­ing on the out­break at the Ke­lan­tan Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices Depart­ment here yesterday.

The H5N1 virus was first de­tected in Kam­pung Pu­lau Tebu, Tun­jong, here on March 6 af­ter sam­ples taken from a few dead kam­pung chick­ens tested pos­i­tive.

Shabery said for Ke­lan­tan, as much as 70 per cent of com­mer- cial chick­ens were ob­tained from out­side the state, while the re­main­ing 30 per cent were from breed­ers out­side of the af­fected ar­eas.

He said the sup­ply of eggs (com­mer­cial) in the mar­ket in the state was 100 per cent from out­side Ke­lan­tan.

“So far, six vil­lages in five dis­tricts, namely Kota Baru, Pasir Mas, Pasir Pu­tih, Ba­chok and Tanah Merah, were found to have kam­pung chick­ens in­fected with H5N1 virus.”

He said some of the pre­ven­tive mea­sures that had been im­ple­mented were the culling of 28,000 birds, mainly chick­ens.

“Not all culled birds were in­fected by H5N1.

“It was more of pre­ven­tive mea­sure to avoid the poul­try from be­ing car­ri­ers of the virus,” he said, adding that the gov­ern­ment pro­vided a scheme to al­low farm­ers of culled birds to get com­pen­sa­tion to re­duce the losses in­curred. Ber­nama

Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Shabery Cheek watch­ing as Ke­lan­tan Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices Depart­ment per­son­nel ex­am­ine a chicken in Pasir Mas yesterday.

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