Bird flu outbreak in Monywa

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A worker feeds chickens at a poultry farm in upper Myanmar. Photo: Aye Min Soe

THE Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday that there was an outbreak of bird flu in a poultry farming zone in Monywa in upper Myanmar, also announcing that as of yet there has been no humans infected.
The ministry’s announcement said that it had been taking measures to control the avian flu outbreak to the infected zone as of last Friday.
The ministry said it is carrying out fever surveillance on the workers, their family members and staff of the ministry that were tasked with culling the infected chickens.
A team from the ministry, comprised of local authorities, are combating the outbreak and have implemented a quarantine zone of the infected area and are carrying out surveillance, infection control measures as well as providing medical assistance to those with suspected human infection.
The ministry has established an isolation ward at Monywa General Hospital in order to provide treatment for people suspected of infection. Temporary clinics have been set up at the poultry farming zone and at a village close to the zone which will provide health care to villagers and raise awareness about bird flu.
From April 3-5, around 7,000 chickens from 13 farms were culled, according to local report.
The same farming zone also saw an outbreak of bird flu in February last year which resulted in more than 140,000 chickens and 500,000 quails being culled.

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