Saturday, March 06, 2010

Myanmar Reporting New Bird Flu Activity



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Last month we received two reports out of Myanmar of bird flu outbreaks in poultry (see Reports Out Of Myanmar and Report: Bird & Poultry Die Off In Myanmar).   The first occurrence was in the southern part of the country, near Yangon (Rangoon), and the second was near the coast near the border with Bangladesh.




Today Xinhua News is reporting a new outbreak in the North Western division of Sagaing  (marked in red).



Myanmar experiences bird flu H5N1 re-strike along with influenza A/H1N1 

By Feng Yingqiu

YANGON, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar is experiencing re-strike by bird flu H5N1, detecting more such cases in northwestern Sagaing division this month with some chickens suspected of dying of virulent avian influenza in a poultry farm in Yinmapin township early this week.


It was the third H5N1 case exposed since the avian influenza recurred in Myanmar last month, nearly two years after the country was claimed free from the disease.


The unusual death of chickens were proved to have been caused by highly pathogenic avian Influenza (HPAI) after laboratory tests conducted in Yangon and Mandalay, according to Saturday's official report.


The findings have been further reported to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Animal Health Organization (OIE).


The authorities have culled chickens and destroyed eggs bred in the farm as its control measures.


According to the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department ( LBVD), the first case in the bird flu recurrence this year occurred in Yangon's Mayangong township and the second in Mingaladon township both in the same February.


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