Burma Reports New Bird Flu Outbreak
A report from The Associated Press, dated June 13, 2007 via “The Irrawaddy”, tells us that Burma has detected the H5N1 bird flu virus among chickens on a private farm, an official said Wednesday, marking country’s first outbreak of the deadly virus since April.
Than Hla, an official at the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, said the virus was detected in a small farm in Pegu, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Rangoon, early this month.
“About 28 chickens died at a private poultry farm in the outskirts of Bago [Pegu] starting June 3,” said Than Hla, adding that laboratory tests confirmed on June 7 that some of chickens were infected with H5N1.
About 1,000 birds from the farm have been killed as a precaution, he said. He did not specify the number of birds that tested positive for the disease.
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