Of Bird-Flu-Free Malaysia & TB-Free Andrew Speaker!

With no new cases for the last two days, Malaysia has ceased the operations to detect and cull fowls in the infected area.

What is more, Malaysia will apply to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare that it is free from the H5N1 virus.

A news item from BERNAMA says that the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said that with no new cases reported in the past two days, his ministry has now ceased operations to detect and cull fowls in Kampung Paya Jaras Hilir, Sungai Buloh where the H5N1 virus was discovered following a report that 67 chickens there died over three days from June 2.

“We will have to apply to WHO to declare we are free of the H5N1virus.

We can say that we are free but WHO has to be convinced,” he told reporters after launching the Malaysian Dental Association(MDA)/World Dental Federation(FDI) Scientific Convention and its 64th annual general meeting here today.

Now why would Malaysia need to do such a thing?  

The following excerpt from a news item in the Star is a possible reason:

“The Selangor tourism sector is doing well despite the bird flu outbreak scare in the state, Selangor Tourism, Health and Consumer Affair committee chairman Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng said.” He added that “Selangor is a safe place for visitors,”. 

It was reported early last month that bird flu virus had been found in Kampung Paya Jaras Hilir near Sungai Buloh in Selangor after 60 poultry died over three days. 

The Bird-Flu infected countries repeatedly bow to the commercial pressure from the tourism and other related industries to try and get a Bird-Flu-Free status as soon as possible.

To move to be Bird-Flu-Free after only two days without further infections is a new record in irresponsibility though!

We believe that there is very little difference in such attitude from a Bird-Flu infected Nation, to that of Andrew Speaker, the globe-trotting tuberculosis patient.

Here are the links to the news items from BERNAMA  http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news.php?id=267608

and from the Malaysia Star http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/6/15/nation/20070615150053&sec=nation

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