Monday, April 16, 2007

Bangladesh says bird flu spreads to more farms(two new farms)

DHAKA, April 16 (Reuters) - Bird flu has spread to two more farms in Bangladesh despite efforts to contain the spread of the disease, fisheries and livestock ministry officials said on Monday.

“A farm was found to be infected at western Jessore district while the other was at Savar near Dhaka, where the avian influenza was first detected last month,” a ministry spokesman said.

Jessore district is adjacent to West Bengal state of India, where bird flu has also been identified.

So far 79,000 chickens have been culled on 32 farms in eight districts since the detection of the H5N1 virus on six farms at Savar on March 22.

The government said on Sunday it would pay 70 taka ($1.00) in compensation for each chicken culled.

Officials said the virus was under control. “Had it not been controlled the virus would have infected all the districts like a wildfire,” said Khalilur Rahman Siddiqui, a senior ministry official.

bird flu story source: Reuters

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