Tue 25 Apr 2006
Filed under: Inside Burma,News
Yangon: Myanmar will lift restrictions on bird-flu-affected areas before the end of this month after claiming that the avian influenza has been under control since April 6, said a statement of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department Tuesday.
Arrangements are being made to ensure regular flow of commodities after the lift, the statement said.
According to the statement, since the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in 13 townships in two divisions of Mandalay and Sagaing in central Myanmar, altogether 9,206 fowls from 408 poultry farms and 5,606 quails from 137 quail farms were culled and 330,000 fowls and 320,000 quails destroyed. Besides, about 100,000 eggs about 80, 000 quail eggs were also destroyed.
During the outbreak of the disease, ban on transport of fowls, ducks, quails and their eggs and movement of equipment used in poultry farms, promotion of bio-security and public education were undertaken, it added.
The statement revealed that Myanmar received 660,000 US dollars of aid in terms of pesticide and laboratory equipment from the Food and Agriculture Organization, Japan International Cooperation Agency, National laboratory for Animal Health and Livestock and Development Center of Thailand as well as one million renminbi yuans from China for use in disease control and equipment and medicines worth of 2.1 million dollars from the Japanese government.
Myanmar reported for the first time on March 13 the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in the two divisions as some 112 chickens died of the disease on March 8 in a poultry farm in Pyigyidagun township in Mandalay.
Since the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu, Myanmar has placed five townships in Sagaing division and eight in Mandalay division under restriction and movement control of animals, temporary closure of markets and disease investigation into poultry farms were undertaken.
The five townships in Sagaing division include Shwebo, Khin U, Kanbalu, Ye U and Monywa, while the eight in Mandalay division comprise Pyikyidagun, Amarapura, Chanmyathazi, Chanayethazan, Maha Aungmye, Aungmyethazan, Singaing and Kyaukse.
After the initial outbreak in the 13 townships, investigation was made on poultry farms in the areas with 470 samples being examined, of which 33 were detected with the H5N1 deadly virus but with no evidence of human and other animal infections from the H5N1 being found.