Con­fi­dent vil­lager won’t hide his 100 chick­ens

New Straits Times - - News -

TUMPAT: Mohd Ashraf Che Hussin has been rear­ing more than 100 chick­ens at his home in Kam­pung Teliar here, but the re­cent out­break of the H5N1 avian flu virus in Ke­lan­tan doesn’t worry him.

The 32-year-old com­puter tech­ni­cian said news of birds be­ing culled by the Ve­teri­nary Depart­ment would not prompt him to hide any of his chick­ens, which were of the ayam serama va­ri­ety.

“I will never re­lo­cate my ayam serama as I’m con­fi­dent they are dis­ease-free.

“The avian flu is be­lieved to have started from ayam kam­pung not from ayam serama, and my vil­lage is not in the high-risk area for the virus,” he said.

Ashraf, how­ever, said news of the virus that spread rapidly to other dis­tricts forced him to tem­po­rar­ily stop tak­ing part in any ayam serama con­test.

The Ve­teri­nary Depart­ment said no new H5N1 af­fected area was de­tected in Ke­lan­tan as of yes­ter­day. The lo­ca­tions re­mained at 28. How­ever, the num­ber of birds culled by the depart­ment rose to 31,353 and 12,267 eggs were de­stroyed as of yes­ter­day com­pared with 30,927 birds and 11,804 eggs on Satur­day.

The depart­ment would con­tinue mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and cull birds found within a 1km ra­dius from the 28 lo­ca­tions af­fected by the virus.

PIX BY FATHIL ASRI

Mohd Ashraf Che Hussin with some of his ‘ayam serama’ in Tumpat yes­ter­day. (In­set) Ashraf giv­ing a chicken a bath.

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