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Burma 'Taking Steps to Control Bird Flu'


Officials say the Burmese government is taking action to control a bird flu outbreak.

Burma's Veterinary Department and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Tuesday that Burma is limiting access to poultry markets, controlling the movement of animals and searching for any signs of illness.

Burma reported a bird flu outbreak to the U.N. on Monday. The military government said the virus was detected in 112 birds that died near the city of Mandalay on March 8th.

Since then, officials say the government has culled more than 650 birds. The World Health Organization warned on Monday that Burma's poor health-care system is ill-equipped to handle an outbreak of bird flu in humans.

Information for this repot is provided by AFP.

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