Bird flu detected in Bangladesh, 5,600 chickens culled
Mar 23, 2007 - 5:35:30 PM

Dhaka, March 23 - Some 5,600 chickens of three poultry farms were culled Friday in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka after detection of bird flue at a poultry farm.

Officials of the Livestock Department destroyed the chickens by using carbon dioxide gas and then buried in nearby areas.

A 20-member Rapid Response Team - has been formed to keep vigilance on the poultry farms in the affected areas. Law enforcers prevented the people from entering the affected farm areas.

The Bangladesh government announced the detection of the Avian Influenza Thursday and samples were sent to the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute and also to the National Institute of Animal Health in Bangkok for confirmation.

The results showed the existence of virus of the H5N1 variety, an official news release said.

It said poultry birds infected with H5N1 variety have not been detected anywhere else in the country other than Savar area.

Chief Adviser of present caretaker government Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed, who chaired an emergency meeting, ordered preemptive and proactive actions to eliminate any possibility of its further proliferation to other places.

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