Cause of Death of Chickens in Myeik Not H5N1

7 August 2017, at 12:00am

MYANMAR - Myeik municipal committee chairman Myat Ko Ko confirmed that the cause of death of 500 chickens in Myeik, Tanintharyi Region was not the H5N1 virus.

"The Veterinary Department said that it was normal seasonal disease," Mr Ko Ko told Mizzima. He said that the chickens died from other causes, not because of the H5N1 virus.

Last week, chickens in a poultry farm with about 750 chickens started to die and the total number of deaths reached 500 by 31 July. Specimens were sent to the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department to find the cause of death.

Myeik municipal committee reportedly banned selling of chickens and eggs in all markets in the Myeik municipal committee area from 29 July to 12 August for the prevention of avian flu.

In recent days, some basic education institutes in Dawei, Tanintharyi Region had to be closed after some cases of H5N1 were reported.

Moreover, three backyard chickens from Mayangon Township, Yangon Region, died on 28 July specimens sent to a laboratory in Naypyitaw. The lab report confirmed that the chickens died of H5N1 virus.

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