KOTA KINABALU: Another sample has tested positive for Avian Influenza in Kampung Telibong, which is within the five kilometre radius of the Kampung Kauluan where the virus has been initially detected.
Agriculture and Food Industry Minister, Junz Wong said there was no poultry farm in Telibong but the sample was from chickens reared by the villagers.
“Unfortunately, we have to cull all the fowls within that area,” he told reporters after the State Assembly Sitting was adjourned for the day today.
Yet another sample in Kampung Loputong, which is not within the five kilometre radius, was now under surveillance. It was reported earlier that a rapid test on the sample in Loputong had been found to be positive.
Meanwhile, Junz said a total of 29,990 chickens have been culled, 3,500 eggs destroyed since the operations started on Aug 4.
While 1,150 fowls and 485 eggs in five villages have also been destroyed.
According to him, compensation would be paid to the villagers but as for the commercial poultry farm operators, the Government would be giving them compensation but not in full.
“They have to take some responsibility in this as well,” he said.
Following the detection of Bird Flu, he said all poultry products have been banned from going out of the State.
He said neighbouring Brunei even stopped entry of chicken feeds into their country.
Earlier, Junz said a Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) on the bird nest downstream processing industry would be created in Sabah to allow direct business dealings with China.
His Ministry hoped the SOP for Sabah that had been fashioned from Peninsular Malaysia’s SOP would be completed within these few months.
“We will get the industry players in Sabah to be well-versed on the SOP, which we believe will help boost the economy of the State,” he said.-SabahNewsToday