Mandalay Region Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department has urged district and township offices to take action to prevent avian influenza, including infection of humans, in Sagaing and Mandalay regions.
With the risk of avian flu highest at this time of year, the department implored veterinarians to educate poultry farmers on early prevention, warning and detection at wet poultry markets, spraying markets and farms, as well as teaching preventive techniques to farm workers to ensure bio-security.
Owners are required to monitor their poultry farms in districts and townships and keep local authorities up to date on any
Mandalay District Head of LVBD U Kyaw Swe said, “The government departments in the region will place PyinOoLwin and Madaya townships under surveillance. Arrangements are being made to check poultry at Sagaing Bridge and Yadana Theinga Bridge, which are entrances to Mandalay from Monywa. Till today, there is no outbreak of avian influenza disease in Mandalay Region.”
Some chickens and quails died at poultry farms in the chicken breeding zone in Monywa Township, Sagaing Region on 10 February. According to the investigation, the labs of Department of Livestock Breeding and Veterinary confirmed the outbreak of H5N1 avian flu there. On 27 February, the department announced the outbreak of avian influenza in Sagaing Region.
Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)