Tuesday, December 23, 2008

RSOE Emerg. and Disaster Info. Svc: State of Rajshahi

22/12/2008 - 18:30:54
Kurigram District, Bangladesh
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Livestocks officials on Monday night started culling birds in 500 square metres area of a house of Balatari village of Kurigram municipality after they detected the bird flu virus . The officials became sure about the presence of the deadly virus after testing before starting the culling at 8pm. District livestocks official Nazrul Islam told bdnews24.com they would kill hens, ducks and pigeons and the eggs in every house in . Islam said, "Two of Asad Mian's (deshi) hens died in Balatari village Monday morning. After testing in the laboratory of live stock department both the birds were found infected with flu." Local live stock officials informed the head quarter in Dhaka about the infection, the decision of culling birds around Balatari village, in 500 meters, came in the afternoon, said Nazrul. He said, "The cull is underway. Upazilla birds culling taskforce will go into every house of Balatari village throughout the night and cull all type of domestic birds and eggs." The avian flu virus, H5N1 strain, was first detected in Bagladesh last year and the outbreak affected at least 47 of the 64 districts. A few hundred thousand birds were culled. The virus also attacked some people who recovered later. )

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