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Burma Restocking Bird Flu Hit Poultry Farms


Livestock officials in Burma say they will begin restocking poultry farms in regions hit by bird flu.

Burma's Livestock Breeding and Veterinary department says farms affected by bird flu and the subsequent culling program will receive new stocks of birds and poultry feed.

The areas will stay under close surveillance, although no new bird flu outbreaks have been discovered since April 6th.

Outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of the virus were first reported March 13 in the central Mandalay and Sagaing regions.

Officials placed tight restrictions on the movement of animals and closed markets in the region. Thousands of chickens, quails and their eggs were culled in the region.

Disease investigations were also carried out by U.N. experts from the Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization.