Special report: Global fight against bird flu
YANGON, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar has detected no new bird flu virus on some dead crows, ducks, pigeons, owls and sparrows in some townships in Yangon amid the latest outbreak of the disease in the former capital city since early this week, an official newspaper reported Sunday.
The deaths of them, after being rapidly tested on Saturday, might be due to the residue of disinfectant used in the poultry farms among measures taken against the bird flu outbreak, the New Light of Myanmar quoted the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) as saying.
The LBVD has urged pet keepers to keep their dogs and cats away from eating dead crows, sparrows, pigeons and wild birds, and not to directly use concentrate disinfectant on infected farms.
However, the death of some layers, found in the township of Hlaingtharya earlier on Friday, was detected with suspicious H5N1 virus.
So far, there have been four townships in Yangon -- Mayangon, Thingungyun, Insein and Hlaingtharya detected with the bird flu virus.
More preventive measures against the avian influenza are continuously being taken in the aftermath of its outbreak in the city which include poultry culling, pesticide spraying in the areas where some layers, domestic chickens, ducks and crows were found dead and local people are being urged to contact the department when finding dead fowls and birds.
Days after the outbreak, the prices of chickens declined from 10 to 20 percent in Yangon livestock markets.
Suspicious avian influenza was first detected in a small private poultry farm in northwestern Yangon's Mayangon suburban township after laboratory test was done on some dead chickens on Tuesday.
The authorities have placed the areas in a radius of one kilometer (km) to the affected farm as restriction zone and three townships of Mayangon, Yankin and South Okkalapa in a radius of 10km as bird movement control zone, temporarily closing livestock trading markets within the control zone for three weeks.
Deepened detection of the root cause of the disease has been underway since then.
According to the authorities' report to the United Nations Foodand Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday, a total of over 1,300 chickens suspected of carrying the deadly H5N1 virus were slaughtered as an initial step by the authorities to deal with the fresh outbreak of the disease.
The Myanmar authorities reported Wednesday the renewed outbreak of the avian influenza in the poultry farm in Yangon to the FAO after it was detected and confirmed by themselves.
The recurrence of the deadly influenza came nearly six months after Myanmar declared itself bird-flu-free in September last year after making sure then that no virus had been present in the country during a three-month program on detection of avian influenza carried out with the cooperation of foreign experts.
Myanmar was first struck by an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in March 2006 in two divisions of Mandalay and Sagaing and since then altogether 342,000 chickens, 320,000 quails and 180,000 eggs as well as 1.3 tons of feedstuff have been destroyed at 545 poultry farms.