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Myanmar reports bird flu outbreak in chickens near Myanmar-Thai border town

Myanmar reports bird flu outbreak in chickens near Myanmar-Thai border town

Myanmar has reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus among domestic chickens in a village near the Myanmar-Thai border, state-run media reported Saturday.
The unusual deaths of domestic chickens in a village in eastern Shan State's Mongphyat township, about 50 kilometers (28 miles) north of the Myanmar-Thai border, was reported to the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary department on Dec. 23, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported.
Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the H5N1 virus, the paper said.
A report by the department assessed that the virus spread to the area from Keng Tung township following a bird flu outbreak there on Nov. 18 when 2,058 chickens at a farm died and another 533 were slaughtered to prevent the virus from spreading.
Mongphyat is situated 58 kilometers (36 miles) south of Keng Tung.
Myanmar had earlier confirmed its first human bird flu case on Nov. 27, when a 7-year old girl in the village in Keng Tung township was infected during a bird flu outbreak among poultry.
The young girl was treated at the People's hospital in Keng Tung before she was discharged.
Authorities imposed controls such as setting up restricted zones, culling poultry, disinfection of affected premises and banning the transport of chickens, the paper said.
Myanmar reported its first H5N1 outbreak in the central Myanmar city of Mandalay in 2006. Bird flu outbreaks were also reported in farms in Yangon in February and March, in southeastern Mon State and Bago in July and eastern Bago, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Yangon, in October.
Bird flu has recently resurfaced in parts of Asia, with human deaths reported in Indonesia and China and fresh poultry outbreaks plaguing other countries during the winter months when the virus typically flares.


Updated : 2021-07-24 05:16 GMT+08:00