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#H7N9 Malaysia: Kelantan Health Dept. Director: "Stay Away From Markets Selling Live Fowls Between Malaysia and China
June 16, 2013
KOTA BARU: The Kelantan Health Department urged the public to report unusually high numbers of death among chicken, ducks and birds to the nearest Veterinary Office to determine the type of virus contracted by the fowls.
It's director Datuk Dr Ahmad Razin Ahmad Mahir said the department was monitoring respiratory cases at local clinics and hospitals to prevent the spread of Avian Influenza.
Ahmad Razin said 132 cases of the disease have been detected in China as of May 29.
"So far there is no restriction of travel between Malaysia and China. But we advise travelers there to stay away from markets selling live fowls.
"And to seek immediate medical attention and wear a face mask if they experience respiratory infections upon their return," he said in a statement here today.
He said 180 personnel from various government agencies took part in a simulation aimed at evaluating the preparedness of health facilities in handling a possible epidemic.
Avian Influenza or bird flu is a disease which is contagious among fowls such as chicken, ducks, geese and birds caused by the Type A influenza virus and has various sub-types, including H5N1 and H7N9.
The virus can spread to humans through direct and indirect contact with diseased fowls.
Bird flu symptoms in humans are similar to normal flu with high fever (more than 39 degrees Celsius), sore throat and cough. Severe cases could lead to respiratory problems, pneumonia and death.