A team from Kelantan’s Department of Veterinary Services conducting checks for Avian Influenza (H5N1) at Kampung Tempoyok, Bunut Susu, Pasir Mas, March 14, 2017. Pix by Syamsi Suhaimi

KOTA BARU: The H5N1 avian flu outbreak in Kelantan has spread to two more districts, Pasir Putih and Bachok besides Kota Baru and Pasir Mas.

State agriculture, agro-based industry and biotechnology committee chairman Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said the state executive council, which met today, agreed to declare the outbreak as a 'state disaster' under the MKN 20 (National Security Council) Order.

Under the MKN 20 Order, the resources of all relevant departments in the state will used to control the outbreak.

At the moment, only the Veterinary Department is involved in efforts to control the disease.

Abdullah said besides the same three villages in Pasir Mas, 18 villages in the Kota Baru district are now affected by the outbreak.

The new villages involved are Kampung Bukit Merbau in Pasir Putih and Kampung Dusun Durian in Bachok.

"A total of 24,768 birds have been culled up to date," he said.

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