Sarawak on Indonesian poultry-smuggling alert
Malysian state Sarawak on the island of Borneo is on
alert to prevent the smuggling of live poultry and pet birds from across the
border with Indonesia, because of bird flu fears.
Government officials said the state enforcement agencies had foiled several
such smuggling cases involving both the locals and Indonesians. In Indonesia, 79
people have died of bird flu
The State Veterinary Authority enforcement officers seized five kampung
pigs and pork which were illegally brought into Sarawak. However, the Indonesian
The veterinary authority carries out regular surveillances at border
villages, wet markets, bird sanctuaries, poultry farms and ports of entry.
During these surveillances it has collected 4,750 samples from these places
during the first five months of this year. Tests on the samples for avian
influenza were all negative.
Veterinary officers regularly remind border farmers of the risks of
bringing in live poultry and pet or game birds from Kalimantan, Indonesia, and
were told to report any such cases.
Indonesia, which had detected 99 human cases of bird flu (the world's
highest), is vaccinating its live poultry against the bird flu.
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