Myanmar suspends poultry products export to Saudi Arabia

09:28, March 09, 2011      

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Myanmar authorities have suspended export of poultry products to Saudi Arabia following bird flu re- struck Myanmar last month, according to the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) Tuesday.

The export of chicken and eggs from Myanmar to Saudi Arabia have also been temporarily prohibited by World Organization For Animal Health.

Registering the second occurrence of bird flu during this year, Avian influenza (H5N1) hit Myanmar's northwestern region of Sagaing with two poultry farms detecting the disease in the region early last month.

The authorities buried the dead chickens and banned sale of the poultry in nearby bazaars as well as transport of them from one place to another.

Bird flu H5N1 had hit Myanmar's Sittway, western Rakhine state, in early January this year, the first during this year, with 700 three-month-old chickens in a poultry farm dying unusually.

Over 50,000 chickens, suspected of carrying virulent avian influenza, were wiped out following the discovery of the unusual death.

Myanmar was first struck by bird flu H5N1 in 2006.

Source: Xinhua
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