Malaysia declares free of bird flu

UPDATED: 13:09, June 25, 2007

Malaysia's Health Ministry declared the country free of bird flu, the New Straits Times reported on Monday.

There had been no new bird flu cases in the last few days, said Datuk Lee Kah Choon, parliamentary secretary of the Health Ministry.

"Nobody in the country had been infected with the H5N1 virus in the past two weeks," he said in the northwestern state of Penang on Sunday.

Earlier on June 6, the H5N1 strain of bird flu virus had been detected near Paya Jaras Hilir village in Selangor State, west of Kuala Lumpur.

This was the first bird flu case in Malaysia since bird flu occurred in February and March of last year.

Source: Xinhua

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