Ve­teri­nary dept culls 1,479 more chick­ens, de­stroys 361 eggs

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ke­lan­tan Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices Depart­ment (DVS) culled 1,479 chick­ens and de­stroyed 361 eggs on Tues­day to con­trol the spread of the H5N1 virus out­break.

Ke­lan­tan DVS con­firmed that no new lo­ca­tions had been de­tected pos­i­tive for the virus.

“Yes­ter­day (Tues­day), the state depart­ment ob­tained 130 sam­ples from 19 premises for sur­veil­lance pur­poses. Cur­rently, it is mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion through con­stant sur­veil­lance at the six lo­ca­tions de­tected pos­i­tive for the virus,” it said in a state­ment.

As at press time, 35,999 birds had been culled with over 14,330 eggs de­stroyed since the virus was first de­tected. Since then, Ke­lan­tan DVS has ob­tained 3,392 sam­ples from over 571 breed­ers.

“The team has been sent to cap­ture and cull all fowls around a 1km ra­dius of the in­fected ar­eas.

“This does not mean that they are in­fected. This process needs to be done to cre­ate a buf­fer to pre­vent fur­ther spread of the dis­ease,” it said.

The state­ment said a sur­veil­lance team had been di­rected to con­duct clin­i­cal ob­ser­va­tion on all fowls, col­lect cloa­cal swabs and car­casses, if there were any.

The dis­ease was now con­tained within a 30km ra­dius from Kam­pung Pu­lau Tebu, which in­volves six places — Kota Baru, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Tumpat, Tanah Merah and Ba­chok.

The state DVS had as­sured that all broiler chicken and eggs were safe for con­sump­tion and asked the public to re­port any fowl death.

It also said the out­break was un­der con­trol and was only spread­ing within the places de­tected pos­i­tive, which in­volved ayam kam­pung (free-range chicken) from small-scale breed­ers.

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