Malaysia May Declare Itself Free Of Bird Flu Next Month

MALAYSIA - Malaysia will be declared free of the H5N1 bird flu virus end of next month if there is no new case of the disease between now and then, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Wednesday.

He said the surveillance would end in the third week of May.

Up until Wednesday, there had been no new case of the H5N1 virus detected in poultry and other birds in the country and this meant the country was free of the disease, he said.

"However, because of the past cases, we still need to continue surveillance. If by the end of May there is no new case, we will be able to declare the country free of the disease," he told reporters at his office.

Source: Bernama
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