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Myanmar reports outbreak of H5N1 among layers

The highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 has broken out at two farms in the Chaung U Township, Sagaing, Myanmar.

Prof Dr Myint Thein, director general of the livestock breeding and veterinary department of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, based in Yangoon, reported the outbreak to the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE).

Standard laboratory diagnostics tests conducted at a regional lab in Mandalay and at the national lab gave a positive determination of the virus.

A total of 1060 layer chickens are susceptible, with 61 dead (which lead to the discovery of the disease), and 999 destroyed. The Chaung U Township numbers some 139 chicken farms of mixed broiler and layer chickens, with an estimated 40,000 chickens.

Standard quarantine measures are being applied, with no treatment of the affected animals.
  • The immediate notifiuciation can be found here: OIE

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