Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Malaysia Finds Bird-Flu Virus in Village Outside Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia has found the bird flu virus in a village outside the capital Kuala Lumpur and will cull poultry in the area to prevent its spread, the Department of Veterinary Services said today.Samples taken from Paya Jaras Hilir village, which reported the sudden death of 60 chickens within three days on June 2, tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, the department said in a faxed release.The H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, which has caused deaths among humans in neighboring Indonesia, is part of the HPAI group. The department didn't say if H5N1 was detected.Malaysia reported its first outbreak of avian influenza in more than a year in February 2006, when the H5N1 strain killed 40 chickens in the state of Selangor. The country declared itself free of the disease four months later.