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    Bird flu bouts ring health alarms

    Fri, Feb 11th, 2011 8:18 am BdST
    Nurul Islam Hasib, public health correspondent

    Dhaka, Feb 11 ( bird flu outbreaks in the poultry farms in Dhaka and on the outskirts of the capital have stoked fears of a serious health threat to Bangladeshis.

    Altogether 12 bird flu attacks in a week in Dhaka district, from where the country's only human avian influenza case was detected in May 2008, have the health experts on the edge.

    "The virus (H5N1) can pass on to humans from poultry any time given the present situation. It's a public health concern," says Dr ASM Alamgir, ah influenza expert with the World Health Organization's Dhaka office.

    He says in areas currently experiencing avian influenza outbreaks in poultry, the practice of marketing live birds may pose a significant risk to the people involved.

    "Even people should try to avoid coming into close contact with pigeons and crows unnecessarily, as lab tests found the presence of H5N1 in crows during the mass death in 2008 in Dhaka and Chittagong."

    He suggests people consume well-cooked poultry products and maintain bio-security in farms...