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H1N1: Govt Urges Pig Breeders to Enhance Biosecurity

by 5m Editor
11 September 2009, at 9:08am

MALAYSIA - The country's pig breeders are urged to enhance the biosecurity levels at their farm to curb the Influenza A(H1N1) outbreak.

Perak State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said each breeder must give serious attention to this matter and be more responsible in this aspect.

"The comprehension and knowledge among breeders on the disease control and the way it is spread is still low. We want breeders to think of their respective roles and always refer to us about what they can do," he told reporters after opening the Awareness Seminar on H1N1 Control in the Pig Breeding Industry here, Thursday.

He said breeders must also monitor their level of personal health as the second wave of the outbreak was predicted to cause more deaths.

He said the state government had passed the Pig Farming Control Enactment to control and structure the pig industry to become enviromental and public friendly.

According to Bernama.com, Dr Mah also suggested that the breeders adopted the organic farming method to ensure the meat marketed were free of H1N1 virus.

"Recently, Singapore was reported to have a H1N1 case in their pig farm. Three pigs were imported from Pulau Bulan, Indonesia and were found postive of the outbreak and this issue has come to our attention as we are worried about the possibility of the pig farms in Malaysia being affected by the H1N1 outbreak," he said.