No report of dead pountry received during weekend

SUZIANAH JIFFAR

TUARAN: No culling of poultry was conducted at the bird flu outbreak area in Kampung Kauluan and neighouring villages here during the weekend.

Sabah Veterinary Services Department Deputy Director Dr Peter Lee said they also did not receive any reports of dead poultry on Saturday and Sunday.

However, samples from one nearby village, Kampung Kebayau, was confirmed positive last Wednesday. Previously, Kampung Telibong and Kampung Loputung –all within the five kilometre radius surveillance area– also tested positive.

“Monitoring went well on Saturday involving 18 villages within the 5 km radius, and we also took 203 samples from 97 poultry. “Yesterday, we surveyed two more villages with 67 samples taken from 24 poultry.

“We will also continue awareness campaigns,” he said in a statement. On Aug 3, Sabah government declared Tuaran district as an Avian Influenza outbreak area following sample which tested positive on July 31 from a chicken farm in Kampung Kauluan. This resulted in 29,990 chickens being culled from that farm as well as another nearby farm, while 1,150 poultry including geese, ducks and birds besides chicken owned by villagers within the one kilometre radius were culled as of Monday last week. No human transmission was recorded to date. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd