Don’t take mat­ters into your own hands, bird own­ers and breed­ers warned

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA BARU: The state gov­ern­ment has warned bird own­ers and breed­ers against tak­ing mat­ters into their own hands if their chicken and birds were in­fected by avian flu H5N1, in­clud­ing re­mov­ing them from the af­fected ar­eas.

State Agri­cul­ture, AgroBased In­dus­try and Biotech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Che Ab­dul­lah Mat Nawi said their ac­tions might cause the out­break to get out of con­trol.

“If they take the birds out of the af­fected area, the out­break will spread fur­ther and the num­ber of birds af­fected will grow,” he said at his of­fice here yes­ter­day.

Ab­dul­lah said some breed­ers had com­plained that the RM10 com­pen­sa­tion by the gov­ern­ment for a chicken was too lit­tle but, he added, they should re­mem­ber that if the dis­ease was not con­trolled, their losses would be big­ger.

He said if the out­break was stamped out, then the Ve­teri­nary Depart­ment could de­clare the state free from the dis­ease and they could re­sume busi­ness.

On the spread of the dis­ease, Ab­dul­lah said there was a pos­si­bil­ity that it was caused by free-fly­ing birds, but the au­thor­i­ties had no in­for­ma­tion about it at the mo­ment.

Ab­dul­lah said up to Sun­day, the out­break was con­tained in 28 lo­ca­tions at six dis­tricts — Kota Baru, Ba­chok, Pasir Mas, Pasir Pu­tih, Tanah Merah and Tumpat.

No new out­break had been re­ported else­where.

He said 33,150 birds had been culled and 13,300 eggs de­stroyed.

Datuk Che Ab­dul­lah Mat Nawi

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