AVA’s assurance came in the heels of a bird flu outbreak in neighboring country Malaysia. The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) in Malaysia earlier reported an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in the village of Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
According to AVA, Singapore only imports poultry and eggs from disease-free zones in Malaysia such us Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Perak.
AVA tightened its screws as far as implementing its existing measures to avoid the dreaded disease for birds.
These measures include:
AVA also increased surveillance and inspections at various entry points to prevent the incursion of the disease. It has also alerted local poultry farms to enhance biosecurity measures.