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Cablegate: New Ai Outbreak in Eastern Shan State

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O 291129Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY RANGOON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6900
INFO RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVE
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 1628
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 0742
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA 4689
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 4292
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 7833
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 5393
RUEHCN/AMCONSUL CHENGDU 1274
RUEHCHI/AMCONSUL CHIANG MAI 1264
RUEHCI/AMCONSUL KOLKATA 0143
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 001151

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: NEW AI OUTBREAK IN EASTERN SHAN STATE

REF: RANGOON 1133

1. (SBU) The Burmese Livestock Breeding and Veterinary
Department (LBVD) informed us on November 29 that they
discovered two dead chickens in Wam Kaung Quarter in the town
of Tachileik (Eastern Shan State) on November 26. The
township veterinary officer sent samples to Kyaing Tone
Quarantine Laboratory, where they tested positive for AI Type
A and Newcastle Disease using a Rapid Test Kit (Combo).

2. (SBU) The Avian Influenza Control Committee of Tachileik
decided to cull all of the poultry in the affected area
totaling 98 chickens and 60 ducks. The committee implemented
movement restrictions and conducted a public awareness
campaign to help contain the disease. Officials presume that
fighting cocks sold in Tachileik Township from Kyaing Tone
Township, which suffered an outbreak of the disease on
November 19 (reftel), may have carried the virus to
Tachileik.

3. (SBU) The Director General of the LVBD arrived in Kyaing
Tone on November 27 to discuss containment, prevention, and
the strengthening of public awareness with the Avian
Influenza Control Committee. As in the past, the GOB has
been prompt and straightforward in sharing AI information
with us.
VILLAROSA

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