YANGON, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- A high-ranking Myanmar health official has
stressed the urgent need for drawing plan and introducing fresh measures for
effective prevention of human infection of bird flu in the country in the wake
of first such infection being reported in the country recently, according to
Sunday's state media.
"Priority is to be given to the prevention of bird flu virus strain as
mortality rate is much higher than that caused by SARS," warned Deputy Health
Minister Dr. Mya Oo when he coordinated with senior health officials in the new
capital of Nay Pyi Taw Saturday on the matter dealing with prevention of current
human bird flu infection in the country's border area, said the New Light of
He urged the departments concerned to take effective measures in the fight
against the pandemic, drawing lessons from the past when SARS broke out.
He reiterated that the recent child infection of bird flu in the border
area of Kengtung in eastern Shan state has been under control with the virus
strain being unable to infect others, thanks to the effective fight against the
He called for implementing the prevention work in cooperation with the
public as a national concern.
Human infection of bird flu was first officially made known to the public
on Saturday after a bird-flu-infected girl had been discharged from a local
hospital in Kengtung Wednesday after treatment.
The 7-year old girl, Ma Nan Kham Tha, was found infected with bird flu
virus among four suspected of carrying the virus during the outbreak last month
in Kengtung's Naungngin village and she was kept in quarantine and given a
dosage of timiflu pills at the People's Hospital in Kengtung since Nov. 27 until
her discharge on Dec. 12.
Specimens of the four suspected were first sent to a lab in Yangon which
confirmed on Nov. 26 the girl's infection. The human samples of the four were
also sent to a lab in Bangkok as well as a lab of the World Health Organization
in Tokyo and those laboratory tests further confirmed the status, the earlier
According to the report, the Myanmar health authorities monitored
altogether 689 close contact persons who involved in culling chickens and live
near the farms and suspected that four of them were infected with the virus.
The report added that other persons were not so found after monitoring the
close contact persons for 10 days.
H5N1 virus was detected on some chickens and ducks of local species which
died unusually at the village farm in Kengtung on Nov. 18.
In its prevention and control measures, the local authorities culled 14,889
chickens, ducks, geese and Muscovy ducks within a week after such unusual deaths
were found on the fowls traded in the area.
Other measures taken included disinfection of the farm and restriction of
transport of chicken especially the entry of poultry and birds from neighboring
countries into Myanmar.