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First Case of HPAI Bird Flu in Myanmar

by 5m Editor
19 January 2011, at 12:26am

MYANMAR - A new outbreak of H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported in layer pullets on a farm in a western coastal district.

The authorities sent an Immediate Notification dated 18 January to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report describes a single outbreak of HPAI at the village of Bumay-Letthamar in the Sittwe region of Rakhine state. It started on 6 January and a total of 500 birds died from an 800-bird laying flock. The remaining birds have been destroyed.

The source of the infection is unknown, according to the report. The layer chickens were three months old. There were a total of 800 chickens. Chicken deaths started from 6 January and a total of 500 chickens died. HPAI virus was detected by PCR. There are eight farms in this village with a total of 5,000 chickens. All are layer chickens of different ages.

The presence of the H5 sub-type of the HPAI virus has been confirmed.

The last outbreak of HPAI in the country was in March 2010.

Further Reading

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