More than 500 birds and 400 eggs have been destroyed since yesterday, says Kelantan Veterinary Services Department.
KOTA BHARU: The bird flu (H5N1) virus has been detected in two new locations since yesterday in Pasir Mas, which is experiencing an outbreak, says the Kelantan Veterinary Services Department in a statement today.
It said 10 samples were taken from two farms, following which 554 birds and 415 eggs were disposed of in the two locations. It did not name the two locations, however.
“Overall, as of March 17, the H5N1 virus has been detected on 43 premises in 28 locations in six districts, namely Kota Bharu (14 locations), Pasir Mas (six), Tumpat (three), Tanah Merah (one), Bachok (one) and Pasir Puteh (three).
“The number of disposals stands at 30,927 fowls and 11,804 eggs. A total of 3,012 samples has also been taken from 502 farms,” the statement said.
It said a task force had been mobilised to catch and dispose of all fowls within a radius of one kilometre from every location where the virus had been detected. At the same time, teams have been deployed to monitor the areas between one and 10 kilometres from each affected location.
It said the epidemic within a radius of 30km from Kampung Pulau Tebu, where six districts had been found to be affected by H5N1, was now under control.