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UN Food Agency Praises Burma's Response to Bird Flu


The United Nation's agricultural organization has praised Burma for its quick response to its latest bird flu outbreaks.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says Burma's response to the outbreaks have been "quick and effective." It is providing $1.4 million in emergency assistance to help Burma fight the disease.

Burma's state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reports that 66 pheasants and 60 quail died on two farms on the outskirts of the capital, Rangoon. The cases are under investigation to determine whether the birds had the deadly H5N1 strain.

Since last month four townships in Rangoon have reported bird flu cases.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari says the country wants a legal guarantee that bird flu samples its sends to the World Health Organization will not be used for commercial gain.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.
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