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New H5N1 bird flu case confirmed in Myanmar
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08:08, August 01, 2007

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A new bird flu case has occurred in Myanmar's Bago division, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Yangon Office confirmed Tuesday.

A poultry farm in the Letpadan township of the division, 136 km north of Yangon, was detected with the avian influenza on last Thursday, the FAO representative told Xinhua.

Confirming on Tuesday that the virus is H5N1, the Myanmar livestock authorities have taken measures including culling of a total of 3,800 birds, he said.

Before the case, H5N1 virus were found in two poultry farms in Thanphyuzayat, southeastern Mon state earlier on last Tuesday and over 300 chickens in the farms were slaughtered.

Local related departments are cooperating in preventing the disease from further spreading.

In June, some four bird flu cases occurred at farms in three townships of Hmawby, Insein and Bago. That residual virus was found during the post-outbreak surveillance period which ran from May 7 to June 9, earlier reports said, adding that during that period, a total of nearly 2,000 chickens were culled for risk prevention.

Bird flu, which broke out in five townships in Yangon over the period from Feb. 28 to March 31 this year, was claimed to have been contained and restrictions on transport and sale of chickens, ducks, quills and their products in those areas was lifted on April 22.

The five townships were Mayangon, Hlaingtharya, North Okkalapa, Mingaladon and Hmawby.

According to official statistics, during the bird flu outbreak period, nearly 2,000 fowls died of the virus with 65,812 poultry from the affected farms and those nearby were culled.

In the fight against the disease, Myanmar has been cooperating with experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization and USAID.

According to the Myanmar authorities, no human cases have so far been detected with bird flu virus in the country.

Source: Xinhua

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