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Myanmar Reports Bird Flu Outbreak

by 5m Editor
7 February 2011, at 12:37am

MYANMAR - There has been one new outbreak of H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the central region of the country.

The authorities sent Follow Up Report No. 2 dated 4 February to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The report describes one new outbreak of HPAI, which started on 26 January 2011 at a farm at Bomya Quarter in Tantse in the region of Sagaing.

According to the report, it involved 18-month-old layer chickens on two farms with a total of 990 chickens. A few chickens were found dead on 26 January. In all, 459 chickens died over five days. There are 35,000 chickens reared in 61 farms in Tantse Township. All are layer chickens of different ages.

The presence of an H5 HPAI virus has been confirmed.