PETALING JAYA: Malaysia does not import live animals and related products from Hunan province in China, says the Department of Veterinary Services.
Its director-general Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizam said Malaysia only imports chicken parts from the chicken processing plant in Liaocheng, Shandong, which is approximately 1,313km away from the outbreak area," he said in a statement on Monday (Feb 3).
Quaza said this in response to a Reuters report on Saturday (Feb 1) which highlighted that China had an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 bird flu at a farm in Shaoyang city in the southern province of Hunan.
The report said the outbreak occurred at a farm with 7,850 chickens, 4,500 of which have died of the bird flu. The authorities have culled 17,828 poultry following the outbreak.
Quaza said the department will monitor the situation and work closely with the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) for status updates from time to time.
“The authorities have been taking samples of chicken parts brought into the country for H5N1 testing and to date, no samples have been found positive.
"However, precautionary measures will be heightened and samples will be taken from each consignment to be tested, ” he said.
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