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February 20, 2006

Malaysia goes positive—again

Via Reuters: Malaysia reports bird flu case, poultry shares tumble.

Malaysia on Monday reported its first case of H5N1 bird flu since November 2004, with the death of 40 chickens in central Selangor state last week.

But Agriculture Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said it was an isolated case and that the public need not worry as no human was affected.

"Tests conducted confirmed the death of the free range chickens was caused by H5N1 avian influenza virus," he said in a statement issued through state news agency Bernama.

Muhyiddin said all 110 chickens in the area just outside the capital had been destroyed. "Immediate and integrated action had been taken to contain the disease and prevent it from spreading," he added.

The fresh case of bird flu hit shares in poultry firms and prompted neighbouring Singapore, the biggest market for Malaysian poultry, to suspend imports from the state.

lized that Malaysia had experienced an earlier bout of H5N1, and I'd been surprised that it seemed untouched while Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand were battling the virus. I wish I could share the agriculture minister's upbeat attitude.

Posted by dymaxion at February 20, 2006 04:25 PM

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