Wednesday, January 26, 2011

52,000 chickens wiped out in Myanmar in wake of avian influenza recurrence (and 1000 ducks)

Over 50,000 chickens suspected of carrying virulent avian influenza were wiped out following the discovery of unusual death of 700 three-month-old chickens in a poultry farm in Sittway, Myanmar's western Rakhine state, recently, the local weekly Popular News reported Wednesday.

On confirmation that H5N1 recurred in the area, 52,000 fowls and over 1,000 ducks from 75 nearby poultry farms were destroyed in the state's Bumay village-tract as part of the authorities' measures to prevent the spread of the influenza.

The authorities are making investigation into the cause of the case if it was infected by migratory birds or through import of chickens from the border areas .

According to earlier report, a number of some American migratory birds were found arriving and resting in some areas in Bago region's Naunglaypin, Daik Oo and Pyontazar townships during this winter.

The Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) has warned of probable infection from the birds which may carry virus into the country from the cold regions to infect local birds.

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