Nearly 70,000 more fowls culled in Bangladesh following detection of bird flu 2008-02-27 11:47:08   Print

    DHAKA, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Another 69,862 fowls were culled and2,35,408 eggs destroyed in the last two days in three districts of Bangladesh due to infection of Avian influenza virus, leading newspaper The Daily Star reported Wednesday.

    Livestock department personnel culled 58,130 chickens including37,000 chicks and destroyed 2,26,813 eggs from one single poultry farm in Mymensingh district, about 120 km north of capital Dhaka.

    Bird flu infection was detected at the farm on Feb. 23, said bird flu control room sources.

    In Boalkhali sub-district of southeastern Chittagong district, a team of livestock department culled 2,333 chickens, pigeons and ducks from a farm. The team also destroyed 140 eggs from neighboring houses, the bird flu control room sources added.

    Besides, in western Pabna district, 2,804 fowls and 8,455 eggs were destroyed from a farm in Atghoria sub-district and 300 ducks, pigeons and other domestic fowls were culled from nearby houses on Monday.

    Following the detection of bird flu in the farm, the livestock department sent out a team to cull the fowls in the farm.

    Bird flu, which broke out in March last year, became devastating early this year forcing thousands of farms closed and tens of thousands jobless.

    So far, 10,58,778 fowls have been culled and 14,56,551 eggs destroyed in 44 out of 64 districts of the country, according to the bird flu control room. 

Editor: An Lu
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