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Myanmar (Burma) – Getting Worse?

I’ve written several times about fears that Myanmar (Burma) could be the source of a bird flu pandemic, due to a backward economy and a government dedicated to intense secrecy. So here’s further cause for concern – the alternative Democratic Voice of Burma website is reporting that a “Burmese vet who doesn’t want to be named” has said that the disease is still spreading, despite official denials.

 

The disease is particularly spreading in periphery areas such as Mandalay Kwet Thit Ward and the border areas of Amarapura Township, the vet said.

 

As some bigger chicken farms are worried that their farms will be destroyed if smaller farms around them are reported of the outbreak of the disease, there have been cases of bigger farms bribing smaller farms not to report the outbreaks in their farms to the veterinary departments.

 

You can read a lot more disease news (all of it highly alarming) from Burma at The Irrawaddy website.

April 19th, 2006

 

Global Pandemic – Will It Start in Myanmar?

Last October came concerns that, as I wrote at the time, “Myanmar [Burma] could become the breeding ground for a bird flu that mutates into a virus that infects humans and begins to spread globally.”

 

Then, last month, we learned that bird flu had been confirmed in the secretive country.

 

Now we hear this:

Bird flu has spread in
Burma with more than 100 outbreaks across the country, a UN official has said.
 

He Changchui of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told a press conference the situation was "more serious than we imagined".

 

…Mr He, who is the FAO's Asia-Pacific representative, was speaking after two teams from the agency visited Burma to assess the situation.

 

He said it had not been easy to find accurate information.

 

"The issue there is that awareness is rather poor," he said. "The information is not that comprehensive."

 

He said Burma lacked scientific equipment and facilities to deal with the outbreaks and would need international assistance.

 

UN bird flu co-ordinator David Nabarro, who is currently visiting South East Asia, said there were major problems in Burma.

April 11th, 2006

 

Myanmar Testing

Myanmar (Burma) is testing for bird flu, after the discovery of “scores” of dead chickens and quails. Back in October, various officials were warning that the secrecy that prevails in Myanmar meant that the country could become the launching pad for a new bird flu pandemic.

March 13th, 2006

 

Myanmar – Bird Flu Black Hole?

Reuters has published an article speculating that Myanmar could become the breeding ground for a bird flu that mutates into a virus that infects humans and begins to spread globally. According to the article:

 

Officially, the H5N1 avian influenza strain that has killed millions of birds and scores of people across Asia since late 2003 has not landed in the former Burma, even though neighbouring China, Thailand and Laos have all had outbreaks. However, given the dearth of reliable information that comes out of Yangon, as well as the junta's dubious track record with the truth, many international observers are worried about a cover-up of potentially global significance…."Would they admit to it if it was here? That's the big question, since they deny everything left, right and center," said one Yangon-based diplomat.

October 13th, 2005