Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Bird flu infects new Bangladesh farm

DHAKA (Reuters) - The H5N1 bird flu virus has been detected in another poultry farm in northern Bangladesh, forcing authorities to cull nearly 300 chickens, officials said on Wednesday.

The latest infection was at Dinajpur town, 410 km (250 miles) from the capital, said Salehuddin Khan, director of the government’s livestock department.

Bird flu was first reported near the capital in March last year and has since spread mainly to northern districts, forcing authorities to kill more than 300,000 chickens.

Since March, 69 farms in 20 districts have been infected with the H5N1 virus.

There are around 150,000 poultry farms in Bangladesh, with an annual turnover

Avian flu story source: Reuters

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