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Malaysia has third state infected with bird flu
www.chinaview.cn 2006-03-20 23:37:41

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Malaysia on Monday confirmeda bird flu case in the state of Penang, the third state hit by theepidemic in the country this year.

    Six free-range chickens found dead in a village in Seberang Perai Utara last Saturday have been confirmed to be infected with the H5N1 strain of virus, said Agriculture and Agro-Based IndustryMinister Muhyiddin Yassin.

    "I have to make this statement because we do not want to be perceived as trying to cover it up or hide it," Muhyiddin told reporters in Perak, adding the new cases involved no human infections.

    Local health authorities will begin culling poultry within one km radius of the infected area Monday night, he said.

    Expressing his hope that the latest case in Penang would be thelast in this country, Muhyiddin said authorities would study the trend of the spread of the disease and work out the best way to fight it.

    Last Thursday, health authorities confirmed two separate bird flu cases in a village and an ecopark in the northern state of Perak.

    In mid February, 40 free-range chickens at a few settlements near Capital Kuala Lumpur also died of avian influenza. Enditem

    

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