Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bird flu outbreak in Bangladesh

The authorities in Bangladesh have culled nearly 70,000 fowls and destroyed 2,35,408 eggs in Mymensingh, Pabna and Chittagong districts following detection of the deadly bird flu virus, PTI reports. According to the report, at least 69,862 fowls were culled and 2,35,408 eggs destroyed in the last two days in Mymensingh, Pabna and Chittagong districts after detection of Avian influenza virus.

The administration in the districts have been put on high-alert after the detection, official sources said. The livestock department personnel culled 58,130 chickens including 37,000 chicks and destroyed 2,26,813 eggs from one single poultry farm in Mymensingh. The infection was detected at a farm, Keari Hatchery Process Ltd, in Trishal on February 23, the Daily Star reported quoting bird flu control room sources. Since February last year, 10,58,778 fowls have been culled and 14,56,551 eggs destroyed in 44 districts of the country, according to sources.

In Boalkhali subdivision of Chittagong, a team from the livestock department culled 2,333 chickens, pigeons and ducks from a farm owned by Shahidul Islam. The team also destroyed 140 eggs from neighbouring houses, the bird flu control room sources added. According to another report from Pabna, 2,804 fowls and 8,455 eggs were destroyed from a farm in Atghoria subdivision.

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