Malaysia: Kelantan bird flu outbreak contained; 56,000 chickens culled

Bernama New Straits Times 11 May 17;

KUALA LUMPUR: Bird flu (H5N1) in Kelantan has been contained within a 30km radius of Kampung Pulau Tebu, Tunjong, covering six districts in the state.

In a statement, the Veterinary Services Department said the infection was detected among free range chickens reared by several small-scale farmers, and is under control and restricted to the immediate area.

According to the statement, 36 locations in six districts were confirmed positive for the disease, namely Kota Baru (in 15 locations), Pasir Mas (six), Tumpat (five), Bachok (six), Pasir Puteh (three) and Tanah Merah (one).

"As of yesterday, no new H5N1 cases or locations were detected. Culling of 56,953 chickens and disposal of 17,531 eggs in the 36 locations have been completed," the statement said.

The Veterinary Department added that through roadblock operations, 5,482 vehicles were checked and 272 poultry seized in 55 separate cases. -- BERNAMA

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