The Department of Public Health under the Ministry of Health and Sports and the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation have issued warnings against bird flu, stressing the need to send information about unusual deaths of poultry to nearby health and veterinary departments.
The Health and Sports Ministry is taking monitoring, preventive and response measures against infectious and pandemic diseases, including bird flu, across Myanmar.
It is especially cooperating with the World Health Organisation and regional and partner organisations in monitoring global pandemic diseases. Plans are now underway to distribute health posters on prevention against avian influenza.
The Public Health Department on January 6 announced its monitoring measures at the border gates between Myanmar and China following reports that a 70-year-old man was infected with influenza A (H7N9) in the autonomous region of Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China. The confirmation about the laboratory test was released by the WHO on January 3.
Consequently, the Ministry and Health and Sports, in cooperation with the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department is speeding up monitoring of any suspected bird flu cases at the border gates of the two countries. According to a recent report "On Health Strategy", the ministry is more actively collaborating with relevant departments and organisations in preventing H7N9 virus.
Bird flu outbreaks are most common among free-range chickens and ducks and than those in open shed farms.
Illegal inflows of poultry from neighbouring countries through border routes do harm to Myanmar's bio-security and domestic livestock breeding. Such illegal export of poultry is another reason for infectious diseases like avian flu.
Translated by ST