Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New bird flu outbreak in Malaysia

A health official in Malaysia is reporting a new outbreak of the bird flu virus among chickens. The outbreak occurred in the central state of Selangor, the official said Wednesday.

Authorities are culling poultry in and near the affected area of the outbreak as a preventive measure.

Malaysia has reported no human cases of the infection, but Wednesday’s incident was the first time avian influenza had been found in the southeast Asian nation since March 21 last year when several chickens tested positive for the virus, he said.

“When we sent our boys, we found bird flu in two village chickens but people said 60 chickens had died earlier,” Kamaruddin Mohamed Isa, the head of disease control for Malaysia’s veterinary services department stated.

He said authorities would cull chickens within a one-km (0.6-mile) radius of the outbreak in Selangor, which surrounds the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

“We will cull all chickens and impose a 10 km (6-mile) quarantine area and the police will put a road block around this area,” Kamaruddin said.

Bird flu sources used in this story: Reuters

Posted by john T. on 06/06 at 03:20 AM
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