OIE Reports H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak in Myanmar Poultry Farm

MYANMAR - Dr Ye Tun Win, Chief Veterinary Officer Director General at the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department in Myanmar has reported an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in the Tanintharyi region.
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World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on 25 July. The outbreak was initially observed on 25 July and confirmed on 23 July after real-time PCR and rapid tests were conducted at the Yangon Diagnostic Laboratory.

According to the OIE, the affected population comprises Lohman layers, 3 months, 5 months and 12 months old. Clinical signs are diarrhea, anorexia, drop in egg production and sudden death.

A total of 5000 birds were found to be susceptible, out of which 3194 cases and deaths were reported. The remaining 1806 birds were killed and disposed of as a precautionary measure.

The OIE reports that a lack of biosecurity of the farm and a small holder has an illegal processing place located in front of the farm.

Some of the control measures applied include:

  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Quarantine
  • Stamping out
  • Zoning and
  • Disinfection.

In addition, vaccination has been prohibited and affected birds are not to receive treatment.

The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.

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