Monday, February 7, 2011

abangladesh-8,500 chickens infected with H5N1 virus in N'ganj

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011 9:42 pm BdST
Narayanganj, Feb 7 ( – Some 8,500 chickens of two poultry farms in Narayanganj have been found infected with H5N1 virus, commonly known as bird flu virus.

According to reports, around 200 chickens of the two farms in Batenpara area of Siddhirganj under Sadar Upazila died on Monday morning.

The infection was confirmed when the officials of the Upazila livestock department, sent a sample of the tissue to the Central Diseases Investigation Laboratory (CDIL) in Dhaka for analysis.

District livestock department official A K M Ariful Islam told that some chickens of the twin farms had died over the last few days. The owners of the farms, Abdul Hai and Younus Mia, had brought it to the notice of the local livestock department.

The livestock officials visited the farms on Monday and sent the sample of the tissue to CDIL to establish whether it was H5N1 virus infection.

"The bird flu was confirmed in scrutiny. Later, we sealed one kilometre area surrounding the poultry farms," Islam added.

Narayanganj Sadar Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) Mohammad Mothahar Hossain told that there was nothing to panic due to bird flu virus, as the infected chickens would be culled.

"The culled chickens will be buried immediately, so that the disease does not spread to other nearby farms," the UNO added.

Meanwhile, Officer-in-Charge of Shiddhirganj Police Station S M Badrul Alam told that policemen were sent to the spot and that the infected chickens would be culled around 11pm on Monday.

On February 3, some 8,000 infected chickens of a poultry farm in Kishoreganj were culled.

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