KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has declared the state, particularly the Tuaran district, free of avian influenza or bird flu.
The disease was detected on Aug 3 and was totally eliminated on Sept 1, said State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong.
He said that following the outbreak of the disease in the district, the State Veterinary Services Department was given the mandate to manage the outbreak.
“The department culled infected birds, disinfected premises within a one-kilometre radius of the infected locations, carried out a consistent awareness campaign, controlled the movement of birds and bird products from the infected areas, and undertook active monitoring and sampling of birds within a five-kilometre radius of the infected locations.
“Since Sept 1, no new case was detected through clinical, serological and virological surveillance. This shows that more than 90 days or four times the period of incubation have passed without detection of fresh cases.
“As such, the government announces that Sabah is free from the bird flu,” he said in a statement – Bernama.