Safety checks find chicken, duck products free from bird flu

Local autherities has urged farmers to follow their instructions on perventing the bird flu disease.—Photo: Aye Min Soe
Local autherities has urged farmers to follow their instructions on perventing the bird flu disease.—Photo: Aye Min Soe

Yangon, 23 March—Authorities have approved the sale of chicken and duck products, including eggs, at markets in the Yangon municipal area following safety inspections for avian flu.
The Department of Veterinary and Slaughter House of the Yangon City Development Committee said chicken and duck meat and eggs may be sold once the seller has received approval.
The department is currently making poultry farms in the region carry out bio-security measures, while also conducting regular inspections of farms, a department official said.
The department has raised awareness of bird flu disease and urged farmers to quickly report suspected cases following the recent outbreak in Monywa.
The Ministry of Health has raised alert levels to prevent the spread of the bird flu virus across the country since the outbreak, culling more than 1,500 chickens and 20,000 quails in the area.
The Ministry of Health announced that four workers with fever symptoms from the chicken farms in Monywa were tested after the outbreak, but none were infected with bird flu virus.
The country has seen seven outbreaks of bird flu from 2003 to 2014. Since the first in 2003, Myanmar has implemented the National Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of Avian Influenza and Human Influenza Pandemic.
The Ministry of Health decided recently to increase funding as much as necessary to prevent a pandemic, Dr Soe Lwin Nyein, the Deputy Director-General of the Communicable Diseases Control Department said, quoting the Union minister.
At a recent meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Union Minister of Health Dr Than Aung gave the green light to the funding increase, urging departments concerned to work more closely with the Health Ministry to monitor and control the H5N1 virus.
The increased expenditure will go to stockpiling medicines and personal protective equipment, upgrading the national laboratory in Yangon, reinforcing ICU (Intensive Care Units) facilities and monitoring infectious diseases at entrances to Myanmar including border areas, according to the Ministry of Health. — GNLM

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