Culling begins in Bangladesh

26-03-2007 | | |

The agriculture adviser has stated that over 33,000 poultry were culled and buried in the six inflicted farms with the bird flu virus in suburban Savar.

Following an urgent cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Adviser. Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed, the authorities confirmed the outbreak of the H5N1 virus.
“The government agencies concerned took urgent steps soon after the detection of flu at the farms,” said Health Adviser Dr. Motiur Rahman. Authorities Friday ordered a series of steps including poultry culling and health examination of people at inflicted poultry farms a day after the government announced the detection of the virus.
World Health Organisation (WHO) representative, Dr. Duangvadee Sungkhobol stated, “We are very concerned because of the population density of the country, but the proliferation of the disease can be prevented through culling with cooperation of poultry farm owners alongside people’s awareness and other aggressive actions.”
Dr. Karim said the authorities also ordered stamping out and disinfecting all poultry ranches around one kilometre radius of the afflicted firms, ban on transportation of poultry birds, chickens, eggs and pet birds to anywhere from within 10 km radius in the affected area through virtual fencing and collection of people engaged in the flu inflicted ranches.