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  • Bangladesh - Bird flu H5N1 breaks out in Gazipur farms - over 150,000 poultry birds culled

    Arafat Ara

    Department of Livestock Services (DLS) culled more than 4000 poultry birds as the avian influenza has started to inject the local poultry farms in onset of winter, said officials.

    DLS control room said last week it destroyed the chickens at a poultry farm of Kapashia in Gazipur district to stall the spread of bid flu virus.


    Bird flu or virus H5N1 usually breaks out in the beginning of winter and summer seasons, said poultry farm owners.

    Poultry industry leaders feared if the deadly virus spreads like last year, many of the remaining farms will be out of business in coming days.

    Meanwhile, the number of farms has now come down to 60,824 from 114,763 about two years ago following the havoc created by bird flu attack, according to Bangladesh Poultry Khamar Rakkha Jatiya Parishad.

    Bangladesh Poultry Industries' Association (BPIA) joint secretary general Khandoker Mohsin said bird flu virus has started to spread in the local poultry farms and the authority already destroyed some chickens after detecting the disease.

    He said, "Not only one farm, I heard three big breeder farms also have been infected by the avian influenza virus but these are unreported to the DLS."

    Mr Mohsin said the government has planned to start vaccination programme which is the right decision to rescue the poultry sector from being ruined.

    "But the vaccine should have been introduced two or three months ago as bird flu virus had already started to infect the poultry farms," said Mr Mohsin.

    "The DLS authority assured us they would launch vaccination in August last, but they have not done it," the BPIA Joint Secretary General said.

    BPIA Secretary General and Virologist Monjur Murshed Khan said, minimum 21 days is necessary after vaccination for the poultry birds to develop immunity.

    "So it would have been good if the authority could have started the vaccination programme two months back," Mr Khan also added.

    Recently the Drug Administration authorities have given permission to import bird flu vaccine to start immunisation programme experimentally aiming to prevent the deadly virus from spreading to local poultry farms and the industry eventually.

    Musaddique Hossain, Director of DLS said as they got permission to import the medicine it would be possible to begin the vaccination programme shortly.

    The vaccination will begin experimentally in Gazipur district and partly in one poultry hatchery and five farms in Kishorganj in Dhaka division, said Mr Hossain also the head of a seven-member expert committee on bird flu vaccination programme.

    "If we get a positive result, we will apply the medicine across the country," he added.

    Bird flu or H5N1 virus first broke out in the country in 2007 when more than a million chickens were culled and thousands of small farms were closed as the flu ravaged the industry for more than six months. http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.co...84OF8xNDg4NjM=
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    Re: Bangladesh - Bird flu H5N1 breaks out in Gazipur farms - over 4000 poultry birds culled

    dec 26 2012

    Bangladesh Slaughters 150,000 Birds over Avian Flu

    by Naharnet Newsdesk

    Bangladesh's livestock authorities are slaughtering around 150,000 chickens at a giant poultry farm near Dhaka after the worst outbreak of avian flu in five years, officials said Wednesday.

    The deadly H5N1 strain of flu was detected at Bay Agro farm at Gazipur, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Dhaka, on Monday after dozens of chickens died, prompting the company to send samples to a laboratory for tests.

    "There are about 150,000 chickens at the farm. We have already killed and destroyed 120,000 chickens and we will kill the rest today," livestock department director Mosaddeq Hossain told Agence France Presse, adding it was the worst bird flu outbreak in five years.

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      Re: Bangladesh - Bird flu H5N1 breaks out in Gazipur farms - over 150,000 poultry birds culled

      H5N1 hits poultry in Bangladesh, Nepal

      "In what officials in Bangladesh are describing as the worst poultry H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in 5 years, animal health workers are culling 150,000 birds at a large poultry farm near the country's capital, Dhaka, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. The outbreak was detected on Dec 24 after farm workers noted dozens of dead chickens. Authorities said the outbreak is Bangladesh's 23rd this year, according to the report. A rash of outbreaks in 2007 led to the culling of more than 1 million birds." (CIDRAP-RSS feed)

      Elsewhere, an H5N1 outbreak at a commercial poultry farm in Nepal prompted the culling of 2,500 chicks and the destruction of 19,000 eggs, the Himalayan Times reported yesterday. The farm is located in a suburb of Kathmandu, the capital, and represents the first outbreak in that area in 3 years, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua, China's state news agency.

      Dec 26 AFP story
      Bangladesh slaughters 150,000 birds over avian flu (Wednesday December 26, 2012)


      DHAKA: Bangladesh's livestock authorities are slaughtering around 150,000 chickens at a giant poultry farm near Dhaka after the worst outbreak of avian flu in five years, officials said Wednesday.

      The deadly H5N1 strain of flu was detected at Bay Agro farm at Gazipur, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Dhaka, on Monday after dozens of chickens died, prompting the company to send samples to a laboratory for tests.

      "There are about 150,000 chickens at the farm. We have already killed and destroyed 120,000 chickens and we will kill the rest today," livestock department director Mosaddeq Hossain told AFP, adding it was the worst bird flu outbreak in five years.

      Bangladesh was hit by bird flu in February 2007, when over one million birds were slaughtered on thousands of farms. Since then the flu has entrenched in the country, seriously ravaging one of the world's largest poultry industries.

      The last major outbreak was in March 2010 when at least 117,000 chickens and 200,000 eggs were destroyed at a farm in northern Bangladesh.

      The latest outbreak is the 23rd to be recorded this year. Even before the new mass slaughter, a total of 107,252 chickens had been destroyed in 22 farms, said Ataur Rahman, a livestock control room official.

      The country has also reported six confirmed human cases of bird flu since May 2008, but the government's health department said all have recovered. -AFP
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