KUALA LUMPUR – March 20, 2017: The Selangor health department has denied claims on social media that the bird flu or H5N1 outbreak has spread to the state from Kelantan.
Its director Datuk Dr. Zailan Adnan confirmed that not one person has been affected, contrary to what has been circulated via WhatsApp chat groups, especially advising people not to consume poultry in Selangor.
Zailan said that those who wrote the viral text must have confused H5N1 with last week’s case of Haemophilus Influenza B infection in Shah Alam.
H5N1 is due to a virus infection whereas influenza B is a bacterial infection. The latter can be easily cured with antibiotics, Zailan explained.
Kelantan had last week classified the H5N1 outbreak as a state disaster.
The virus was first detected two weeks ago in Kampung Pulau Tebu in Kota Baru after a number of free range chickens died.
The outbreak then spread to several other districts including Bachok, Pasir Puteh and Pasir Mas.
So far, 23,768 poultry livestock have been culled and 881 eggs destroyed at 129 premises as a preventive measure.