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May 02, 2007

Bangladesh: B2B H5N1 keeps spreading

Via Yahoo News, an AFP story: Bangladesh culls chickens as bird flu spreads. Excerpt:

Some 8,500 chickens have been culled in Bangladesh following the spread of bird flu in the country, an official said Wednesday.

"We have culled 8,500 chickens in a one-square-kilometre area. It (the virus) was first identified at a government-run farm and then in three nearby farms," a government livestock official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

Samples from other farms in the southwestern district of Jessore, where the outbreak occurred, had also been taken for analysis, he said.

The cull took the total number of birds killed so far in Bangladesh to more than 70,000.

Officials said last month that around 66,000 birds at 22 farms had been destroyed after the disease spread in other parts of the country, including to the north.

The disease was first identified in Bangladesh in late March, after samples from a farm near the capital, Dhaka, tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

Posted by dymaxion at May 2, 2007 11:22 PM

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