August 19, 2016

Bird flu touches poultry farms in Monywa, no reports of human infection

Director General Dr Ye Tun Win. Photo: Thant Zin Win
Director General Dr Ye Tun Win. Photo: Thant Zin Win

A poultry farm in upper Myanmar experienced unusual deaths of its chickens in four days, with the Ministry of Health saying that the farm lost 123 of 550 chickens from 31 to 3 April.
As part of the strict bio security measures to prevent infection to humans, the ministry sent a team to the affected area in Monywa on 5 April to coordinate the culling of over 26,000 chickens with 33 local farmers.
The team confirmed the outbreak of bird flu to be H5 and H9 viruses. Some samples of the viruses were sent to laboratories in Australia for analysis in order to confirm that it was the ‘N’ type of the virus.
Director General Dr Ye Tun Win of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department expected the result to come in seven to ten days, warning that the bird flu is quick to transmit to people through air. No human infection is reported as yet to this day. Nor is a report of human deaths in the country.
Explaining the reason, the doctor said that the people in the country were in a habit of eating well-cooked fish and meat.
The country recorded the first outbreak of bird flu in Mandalay Region in 2006. Yangon Region, Sagaing Region and Rakhine State underwent the outbreaks of bird flu from 2010 to 2015. According to official statistics, Monywa has encountered the outbreak of bird flu three times, including this one.—Pho Thant and Shin Min


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