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October 06, 2005

Malaysia promises compensation to poultry raisers

Via Declan at Connotea, a story in The Star reports that Malaysia's government promises compensation to people who report bird deaths.

"Many of the breeders and villagers who rear poultry are afraid that if they report bird deaths to the authorities, their poultry will be taken away and destroyed.

"We want to assure them that if they do come forward and report of any such deaths, and if these have been found to be due to avian flu, the Government will compensate them.

"This is part of our contingency plan. The Cabinet has promised there will be no limit to any compensation we may have to pay out in the end," [the health minister] told reporters after the first meeting of the joint panel between his ministry and the Health Ministry on avian flu here Thursday.

Posted by dymaxion at October 6, 2005 11:26 PM

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