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Cablegate: New Ai Outbreak in Burma's Eastern Shan State

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SUBJECT: NEW AI OUTBREAK IN BURMA'S EASTERN SHAN STATE


1. Burmese Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department
(LBVD) officials informed us on November 23 that from
November 4-18, approximately 1,858 chickens and 200 ducks had
died in Katpa village tract, Naung Neing Village, located 5
miles from Kyaing Tone Township in Eastern Shan State. The
Regional Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Kayine Tone
tested two samples from the village and detected AI Type A
positive. Further samples were sent to the Central
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Rangoon on November 19.
The Central Laboratory performed further PCR testing and
confirmed the presence of AI sub-type H5N1 on November 21.

2. According to LBVD officials, all poultry within a one km
radius of the index area were slaughtered by the Kyaing Tone
Township Avian Influenza Disease Culling Team on November 22.
The LBVD has dispatched an epidemiological surveillance team
to Kyaing Tone with disinfectants, PPEs, and Combo Test Kits.
The team will check and monitor the health of poultry in the
nearby villages. LBVD told us that disinfection, movement
control, and biosecurity measures had commenced the day of
the outbreak and would continue for up to 21 days.

3. Although the source of the outbreak is unknown, the
infected poultry were from a common area that the villagers
used to raise chickens and ducks. Farmers from Naung Neing
Village had recently bought 800 ducks from a dealer in Mongse
village and when 200 of the ducks died, they returned the
other 600 to the dealer. It is believed that the chickens
may have contracted AI from the infected ducks. Kyaing Tone
District Veterinary Department personnel had recently
conducted AI public awareness discussions with 30 farmers
from Naung Neing Village that included what control measures
to take to prevent human and animal infection. There are no
suspected human cases at this time and LBVD has informed both
Rangoon and regional FAO offices of the outbreak. LBVD is
expected to also inform the OIE of this latest outbreak.

VILLAROSA

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