KOTA BARU: Kelantan has taken immediate measures, including setting up road blocks, to contain the H5N1 avian flu outbreak after three cases were recorded in one village.
State Agriculture Committee chairman Datuk Che Abdullah Mat said police help has been sought to stop the transportation of fowls within one kilometre radius from Kampung Pulau Tebu where 15 chicken died recently.
“The Veterinary Services Department has since culled 170 poultry including chicken, ducks and birds, and destroyed 100 eggs in the affected village,” he said yesterday.
He added the culling activities were carried out on Monday.
“Just in case animal lovers try to smuggle the birds out of the vicinity to avoid culling, we have requested the police to set up road blocks.
“This is a serious matter. We can’t take any risk that will take a toll on public health and the poultry industry,” he said.
The last avian outbreak in Kelantan was recorded in 2004.
Che Abdullah also confirmed that none of the chicken farms in the state were affected so far, therefore poultry in the state was safe for consumption.
“The infection is contained in one village. The three positive cases were from neighbouring houses.
“The authorities are still in the process of tracing the source of infection,” he added.
Che Abdullah said the authorities have activated the state-level animal disease control action committee, comprising officials from the police, local government, community leaders, Veterinary Department and Orang Asli Affairs Department.
“We are roping in orang asli to use blowpipes to kill wild chicken in the affected area,” he added.
A state Veterinary Department official said eight people, including six laboratory workers exposed to the virus were quarantined for 24 hours at the Tumpat Hospital as a precautionary measure.