After 68 birds died from avian flu in the former
capital Rangoon, Burma's government has ordered the slaughter of 1,500 chickens.
There is presently no evidence of human infections.
"It happened on one farm. We are monitoring all members of the family.
There are 12 of them. We have been closely monitoring them and their
neighbourhood. They haven't shown any signs of infection," according to
Kanokporn Coninx, avian influenza coordinator at the World Health Organization
(WHO). United Nations
officials were initially waiting to gain access to the area where the outbreak
occurred, but theBurmese government hasn't asked for any special assistance from
Although four poultry markets close to the affected area had been closed,
there are reports that chickens were still being sold.
A government official from the Ministry of Livestock Breeding and Fisheries
has said the infection probably came from migrating birds. However, David
Nabarro, UN coordinator for avian and human flu
, said he believes the
current spread of the H5N1
avian influenza has more to do with the poultry trade than
with migrating wild birds.
Maung Maung Nyunt, director general of the Ministry of Livestock Breeding
and Fisheries, said that more information would be released to the media
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