The Veterinary Services Department is closely monitoring poultry farms in Malacca despite having no indication that the H5N1 virus has made its way into the Malaysian state.
Authorities have been conducting surveillance and testing on poultry, particularly those reared on an industrial scale for the export market.
“We are paying close attention to the farms operating on a commercial scale here, as, should there be any outbreak, the virus would spread fast.” said Dr. Azlan Engah, the state veterinary director.
There are several large-scale commercial poultry farms in Malacca, including two operated by Thai companies for the export market.
“We’ve gathered samples for testing and will continue monitoring the situation closely, but thus far, there has been no detection of the virus in the poultry farms here,” said Dr. Azlan.
“This is definitely a serious matter. Although it’s been confined to poultry so far, it has potential to harm humans.”
Several poultry companies in the state declined to comment although one farm representative stated that they adhere to the strict hygiene standards set by the Health Department.