Myanmar detected abnormal chicken deaths in poultry farms in 2012 and dead chickens were traded without permission from authorities, an official from the epidemiology section of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) told Eleven Media Group.
Some townships in the country have been regarded as special zones for breeding chickens and quails. The townships include Monywa, Shwebo, Mandalay in the middle and upper Myanmar, Kyaukme and Taunggyi in Shan State, Bago region and Nyaungnapin in Yangon region.
In January 2013, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Myanmar Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) had lectured the poultry owners about avian influenza in chickens and human, and surveyed the occurrence of H5N1.
According to data released by the LBVD, townships in Sagaing region and Bago region had been detected with H5N1 infections in the survey.
The chicken traders sold dead chickens in the markets without informing the authorities about the occurrence of abnormal deaths. The owners, without analysing the cause of the deaths and diagnosis, fail to sterilise and monitor the disease infections in their poultry farms, also due to lack of awareness about healthy poultry systems. Most Myanmar poultry owners are only concerned about their own wellbeing, the survey said.
Lots of chickens in poultry farms were dead simultaneously due to avian influenza, crooked neck diseases and due to the sudden high temperature.