DHAKA, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- The number of bird flu affected districts in
Bangladesh has risen to 37 out of total 64 districts till Tuesday morning as
bird flu continued to take its toll of the flourishing economic sector.
In the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning, a total of 25,705 chickens,
ducks and pigeons were culled while 6,042 others died of bird flu in three
Bangladesh's districts, eastern Narsingdi, western Kushtia district and western
With the latest culling, a total of 449,593 fowls have so far been
destroyed and 68,420 died of avian flu in 58 sub-districts of37 districts since
March 2007, bird flu control room sources said Tuesday.
The H5N1 bird flu virus was also found after carrying out tests on crows in
some areas of the country, including second largest city Chittagong. But the
test on crows that died in the capital city has not been confirmed yet,
according to local media reports.
The avian influenza virus was first detected in a poultry farm in Savar,
about 30 km northwest of Dhaka, in March 2007.
The situation has been getting worse since last month as the bird flu virus
is spreading fast across the country. So far, the virus has not been detected in
human bodies in the country.