Just when I thought it was all over, a new outbreak has begun in the northern state of Perak.
Another outbreak of bird flu
PUTRAJAYA: Two cases of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu strain have been detected in Perak.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said one case was detected at the Ecopark in Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, a
“As a routine surveillance, we sent five faecal samples of birds to the Veterinary Research Institute for testing on March 9. The presence of the
virus was confirmed yesterday (Wednesday),” he said in a statement here Thursday.
There are 249 birds from 30 species living in an enclosed area at the Ecopark.
The other case, Muhyiddin said, was detected in Kampung Changkat Tualang, some 100km from the Ecopark, after villagers reported the suspicious deaths
of nine chickens to authorities. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Add to that, one possible
Farmer may have had bird flu
GOPENG: Poultry farmer Abdul Razak Abu Othman, whose free-range chickens died from the H5N1 virus, is believed to have suffered from symptoms related
to the bird flu.
Abdul Razak said a doctor he consulted for cough and body itch last week had diagnosed him as having contracted “a type of bird flu virus.”
The 34-year-old farmer, from Kampung Changkat Tualang in Kota Baru near here, said he was also suffering loss of appetite.
“During the time I was ill, I realised that a few of my chickens were dying each day,” he said yesterday when officers from the state Veterinary
Services Department began culling the chickens at his farm. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Apparantly they've dropped the line of reasoning that it was the Indonesian's fault..
... sorry can't help snickering..
Anyway, they no longer blame it on illegal Indonesian immigrants and their cockfights and speculated that it could actually be natural, as in it was
spread via migratory birds.
Migratory birds may be the cause of bird flu
By HAH FOONG LIAN
IPOH: The two areas where birds tested positive for the H5N1 virus were a haven for migratory birds.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the Ecopark of Bukit Merah Laketown Resort near Taiping was renowned for migratory
birds, while Kampung Changkat Tualang in Kota Baru near Gopeng was near a bird sanctuary.
“The infection could be from migratory birds,” he said at a press conference yesterday.
“As such, I have instructed that all bird sanctuaries, such as Kuala Gula, Teja and Kampung Gajah, be monitored closely.”
Tajol Rosli said 38,749 birds located within a 1km radius of the affected areas would be culled to prevent the virus from spreading.
“We sympathise with the farmers and the resort but we have to cull the birds, chickens and ducks so that the virus does not spread to commercial
farms,” he added.
Tajol Rosli said the state had the biggest chicken and duck industry in the country, with poultry exported to Singapore. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Singapore has responded by suspending poultry imports from Perak state.
Singapore suspends poultry imports from Perak after H5N1
SINGAPORE : The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority has imposed a suspension on imports of poultry and poultry products from Perak with immediate
The suspension follows news from Malaysia that an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 avian flu has been confirmed in the state, in Bukit Merah Laketown
Resort's EcoPark and Kampong Changkat Tualang.
AVA says the current suspension will not affect poultry imports from the disease-free zones in Johor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan.
The suspension will also not affect the supplies of chicken and egg as Singapore does not import these from Perak.
But AVA says there will be a temporary shortfall of ducks.
This is because Perak supplies about 80 percent of Singapore's total duck consumption. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
If anyone thinks there's nothing to worry about, that bird flu is just a scare-mongering tactic or whatever, think again. At the very least, it's
not good for business.