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Cablegate: Suspected Ai Outbreak in Poultry in Burma,S Mon

VZCZCXRO0873
OO RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM RUEHNH
DE RUEHGO #0842 2501104
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 071104Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY RANGOON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6462
INFO RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVE
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 1511
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 0483
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA 4598
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 4017
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 7573
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 5130
RUEHCN/AMCONSUL CHENGDU 1184
RUEHCHI/AMCONSUL CHIANG MAI 1068
RUEHCI/AMCONSUL KOLKATA 0047
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 000842

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

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

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAGR EAID AMED PGOV PREL CASC TBIO KFLU BM
SUBJECT: SUSPECTED AI OUTBREAK IN POULTRY IN BURMA,S MON
STATE

REF: A. RANGOON 809

B. RANGOON 689

1. (SBU) Burmese Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department
(LBVD) officials informed us, FAO and the WHO on September 7
that between August 30 and September 1, 86 chickens died on a
private farm in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State. On
September 1, Moulmein District LBVD Deputy Director and staff
conducted tests with Rapid Test Kits and found the dead birds
to be Type A positive for AI. Officials sent samples to the
Central Veterinary Lab in Rangoon for further PCR testing,
but have not yet confirmed that the birds were infected with
H5N1. This appears to be the second case of AI in Mon State
this year, the last case occurring on two private farms in
Thanbyuzayat Township in early July (ref B).

2. (SBU) LBVD confirmed that despite the lack of
confirmation for H5N1, local officials on September 1
implemented GOB AI biosecurity measures, culling and burying
the remaining 417 chickens and decontaminating the farm.
Authorities quarantined the farm, imposing a restricted zone
within a one kilometer radius and a control zone of three
kilometers. Seven poultry farms located in the control zone
continue to be under strict observation for any AI symptoms.
The local government also prohibited the movement of poultry
and poultry products within the township. Officials continue
to monitor the health of humans and poultry in the restricted
area. LBVD believes that the disease is contained.

3. (SBU) Officials have not yet determined the source of
the virus and do not suspect any human cases. We will follow
up with LBVD to confirm whether this is another H5N1
outbreak.


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