KUALA LUMPUR: It is possible that the Kelantan government declared a state emergency to mobilise more resources to contain the H5N1 outbreak, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam.
"They could have defined it as a state emergency to mobilise resources because they might be concerned that it could spread to many areas," said Dr Subramaniam.
He added that the current priority is to contain the outbreak.
"So far, we are lucky that there has been no chicken to human transmission and we want to make sure that this does not happen at all.
"To do that, we have to contain the infection within the poultry population," he said at Parliament lobby.
He stressed that people who come into contact with poultry should maintain good personal hygiene to keep the risks of H5N1 infection to a bare minimum.
He stressed that there was no order to stop people from going to Kelantan, and the ministry is on standby and would check anyone who comes in with flu like symptoms.
"So far, all tests have been negative," he said.
Kelantan declared a state of emergency as the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus outbreak has spread to four districts within days.
State Agriculture Committee chairman Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said the matter was now under the purview of the National Security Council (NSC).