Myanmar has taken special control measures to deal with new bird flu cases found in two suburban townships of Yangon in the last two days.
According to sources with the Livestock Breeding Veterinary Department (LBVD) Wednesday, H5 virus was detected on 66 out of 120 dead pheasants in a pheasant farm in North Okkalapa township and 60 out of 2,300 dead quails in a quail farm in Mingaladon township on Monday and Tuesday.
The degree of the seriousness of H5 is under analysis, officials with the LBVD said.
As part of the authorities' measures under a risk prevention program, the remaining 54 dead pheasants and 2,240 dead quails as well as 27 domestic fowls and 15 ducks from nearby farms were culled, the sources said.
The special control measures also include restriction of entry of farm workers, transport of animals, wild birds and feedstuff, and spraying of disinfectants in the affected farms, the sources said, urging burial of dead fowls if found and avoidance of reusing old feedstuff bags to prevent spread of the disease.
The authorities also notified the farmers to make arrangement to prevent crows, sparrows and pigeons from entering the farms, banning farmers to go to fowl depots and shops as well as outsiders to enter the farms.
The LBVD attributed the new bird flu cases to less bio-security in the two farms.
The new bird flu cases were re-detected after the authorities reported no finding of such new bird flu virus on deaths of 234 crows, pigeons, sparrows, quails and owls in townships in Yangon as of March 9 since the end of February amid the latest outbreak of bird flu.
Suspicious avian influenza was first detected by Myanmar itself in a small private poultry farm in northwestern Yangon's suburban township of Mayangon after laboratory test was done on some dead chickens on Feb. 27.
Days after the bird flu was reported in Yangon, the areas in a radius of one kilometers (km) to the affected farm have been placed as restriction zone and three townships of Mayangon, Yankin and South Okkalapa in a radius of 10 km as bird movement control zone where livestock trading markets have been temporarily closed for three weeks.
Myanmar announced confirmation of bird flu outbreak in four townships in Yangon -- Mayangon, Thingungyun, Insein and Hlaingtharya following the February bird flu outbreak.
According to the LBVD reports, no human cases have so far been detected with bird flu virus in Yangon despite close monitoring on 300 people who were in touch with birds carrying H5N1. However, a special hospital has been arranged for treatment of those suspected of being with the virus.