Bird Flu in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s authorities have culled about 13,000 chickens so far this year following fresh outbreak of bird flu last month, officials said Monday.

Ataur Rahman, a government’s bird flu control room official, told Xinhua Monday, “Some 12,789 chickens were culled so far this year after detecting avian influenza in some commercial farms.”

Of total, he said, “Some 9,526 birds, including 8,821 in a commercial firm in Dhaka, were culled in the first week of this month.”

Fresh outbreak of bird flu was detected in Bangladesh in January with arrival of winter season when the authorities said that they culled 3,263 chickens in three commercial farms in the country’s two northwestern districts — Joypurhat and Sirajgonj.

Director General of Bangladesh’s Fisheries and Live Stock Department, Habibur Rahman, had earlier told Xinhua that the department has strengthened its surveillance to contain further spread of the infectious disease.

“We’ve taken special steps like motivating farmers to adopt preventive measures since the disease found to reemerge last month to contain its outbreak,” he said.

According to the control room information, bird flu has so far spread to four districts of the South Asian country including its capital Dhaka this year since its resurrection last month.

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