The Agriculture and Agrifood Department has implemented a control and ban on the importation of poultry, chicks, ducklings, fresh eggs, chicken meat as well as chicken feed from Sabah.

The measure is taken as a preventive measure for the spread of Avian Influenza or bird flu into the country following the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza which was declared and confirmed in Tuaran District, Sabah last Friday through the Department of Veterinary Services of Sabah. The temporary ban is effective immediately and until further notice. The retraction on the temporary ban will depend on confirmation of being Avian flu-free by the World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE.

However, the importation from other states in East Malaysia namely Sarawak and from Kalimantan, Indonesia are not affected and still allowed. Commercial import companies are also advised to get supply for these commodities from other exporting countries which are free from Avian flu.

The Avian flu is a zoonotic disease which can infect not only poultry animals but also humans. It can cause undesirable implications to the poultry industry in the country. The rate at which the disease spreads is very high and it can cause up to 100 percent in death of poultry animals.

Source: Radio Television Brunei