Malaysian veterinary official assures no imports of live animal and products from Hunan area affected by H5N1

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KUALA LUMPUR: International Newswire Reuters carried a news on ‘China reported an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain
of H5N1 bird flu at a farm in Shaoyang city of the southern province of Hunan, the Ministry
of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Saturday (Feb 1).

The case occurred on 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’.

From the outbreak, the Chinese officials have taken measures to control H5N1.

In view of this situation, Malaysian veterinary officials issued a statement today stating that they do not import live animals and product from the affected province in China.

However, Veterinary Services Department will always monitor the situation with
OIE (World Animal Health Organisation)
to get the latest updates about the H5N1 situation.

According to the statement, Malaysia imports chicken chunks from a processed chicken producer situated around 1,313km away from the outbreak area in Liaocheng, Shangdong.

The Malaysian Veterinary Department also assured that any chicken imported, samples will be taken to test for H5N1 and from the latest findings all the samples show negative.

The officials from the Veterinary department assured that they will always be on alert and samples taken from consignments will be tested accordingly.