PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's African Horse Sickness (AHS)-free country status was reinstated on Sept 15 by the The World Organisation for Animal Health (Woah) following the nation's Aug 2020 suspension due to an outbreak in Terengganu.
The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) said in a statement on Saturday (Sept 23) that this comes following a letter sent to the department by Woah.
"Woah, through its letter to DVS, has stated that Malaysia has fulfilled the requirements set by the body through Resolution No. 15 to recover the AHS-free country status that was suspended following the outbreak of the disease in August 2020," it said.
"In ensuring that this status can be maintained, DVS will continue to carry out laboratory tests for AHS surveillance requirements based on Article 12.1.5 of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code,” added the department.
DVS said it is also committed to ensuring that animals and livestock in the country are free from any threat of disease. - Bernama