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Malaysia to ban entry of poultry from Indonesia KUALA LUMPUR (MALAYSIA) - Malaysian authorities has said all birds and eggs from Indonesia will be seized and destroyed at entry points to keep avian flu at bay after reports of human deaths in Medan. "There will be no laboratory tests. Any bird and egg found will be immediately destroyed by veterinary officers, even if the birds are pets," said Veterinary Services Department official Mustapa Abdul Jalil.

Under the Animal Act 1953, animals can be destroyed to prevent the spread of diseases, and those responsible for bringing the animals into the country without a valid permit would be liable to two years' jail or a RM 5,000 fine or both. He said the department had stepped up surveillance at all entry points, especially in Johor, Selangor, Malacca and Perak. Surveillance has also been beefed up at entry points at the border with Thailand.

Mustapa said the department was also getting help from the Customs and Immigration departments. Five veterinary officers were currently in Medan to discuss how Malaysia and Indonesia could cooperate on the matter. The situation in Medan was said to be serious. A woman, her four children and a nephew had died after allegedly being infected with a virus transmitted by ducks.

Two other villagers were reported to be in critical condition, he said, adding that the matter was of concern to Malaysia as Medan was just 150 km away. Mustapa said no new cases of H5N1 had been reported for over 80 days at the earlier affected areas in Kuala Lumpur, Perak and Penang. These areas would be declared cleared of the virus in the second week of June.


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Posted in Bird Flu @ 25 May 2006 17:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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