Thursday, August 19, 2004

Bird flu hits Malaysia 

A case of bird flu has been found in Malaysia (see story “Deadly bird flu hits Malaysia's Kelantan”). As a result, Malaysia has banned all poultry exports temporarily. Obviously, this will affect the availability of poultry in Singapore (see related story “Singapore suspends all imports of poultry products from Malaysia”).

Singapore had been lucky to avoid being affected by the bird flu until now.

Unfortunately, bird flu has proven to be more persistent than SARS, which hit the region last year. Thankfully, it hasn’t proven to be as lethal to humans.


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