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