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Cablegate: Burma Ai Update: Further Steps in Outbreak Response

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O 161031Z MAR 07
FM AMEMBASSY RANGOON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5871
INFO RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVE
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 1372
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 0230
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RUEHCI/AMCONSUL CALCUTTA 1081
RUEHCN/AMCONSUL CHENGDU 1096
RUDKIA/AMCONSUL CHIANG MAI 0925
RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHDC
RUEHRC/DEPT OF AGRICULTURE WASHINGTON DC
RUEHPH/CDC ATLANTA GA
RUEHRC/USDA FAS WASHDC
RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC

UNCLAS RANGOON 000284

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STATE FOR EAP/MLS, G/AIAG; PACOM FOR FPA; USDA FOR
FAS/PECAD, FAS/CNMP, FAS/AAD, APHIS; BANGKOK FOR
USAID:JMACARTHUR, APHIS:NCARDENAS, REO:JWALLER

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TAGS: EAGR EAID AMED PGOV PREL CASC TBIO KFLU BM
SUBJECT: BURMA AI UPDATE: FURTHER STEPS IN OUTBREAK RESPONSE

REF: RANGOON 00274

1. (U) Burmese officials reported no new outbreaks of Avian
Influenza among birds on March 16. On March 13, the
Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) Director
General notified OIE that PCR tests confirm the earlier
announcement that Avian Influenza caused the March 10-11
poultry deaths on farms in three Rangoon townships (reftel).
Officials culled all remaining poultry at these farms. No
suspected human cases have been reported.

2. (SBU) On March 15, WHO AI Coordinator Jum Coninx reported
that Ministry of Health and LBVD personnel had begun to
coordinate and share information more closely. She credited
this progress, at least partially, to pressure by WHO, FAO
and USAID.

3. (U) The GOB announced the poultry deaths in the government
media on March 13, with advice on safe practices in handling
sick or dead birds. LBVD also announced that poultry
breeders and farm workers should not visit poultry markets or
shops, and that outside visitor should not visit poultry
farms.

4. (U) Also, in an attempt to minimize confusion, the press
reported the causes of death for numerous pigeons, crows and
one sparrow. The report said the majority died of heat
stroke, chronic respiratory disease, enteritis, pigeon pox,
injury and food poisoning, and that the deaths were unrelated
to bird flu. LBVD reported a decline in the number of wild
bird deaths.
VILLAROSA

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