Burma wins praise for bird flu action

Burma wins praise for bird flu action

Burma wins praise for bird flu action

Updated 30 March 2012, 14:26 AEDT

Burma's military government has been praised by the United Nations for its response to a potential bird flu outbreak.

Government authorities have confirmed five outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus across the northeastern district of Yangon since February and have culled nearly 45,000 birds in an attempt to contain the disease.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation last month hailed the government's response as "quick and effective".

The government has set up a strict monitoring system banning the movement of poultry, eggs and animal feed in the affected areas.

Since the outbreak, health officials have returned and educated local residents about prevention of bird flu and kept the area under surveillance.

As yet no human cases or deaths have been reported in Burma.

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