June 8, 2012


Bangladesh poultry farms hit by bird flu


Major poultry farms in Bangladesh have been hit by bird flu, with 21 out of 85 farms affected and over 46,000 chicks have been culled till May 31, officials revealed in Dhaka.


In the wake of spread of avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, in poultry farms across the country, an eight-member experts committee was formed yesterday to devise a plan to start a vaccination programme. The committee was given three days to submit its recommendation.


The decision came at the second meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) following a plan submitted by the technical committee. Minister for Fisheries and Animal Resources, Abdul Latif Bishwas, chaired the meeting.


The 22-member NAC was formed last year under Avian Influenza Response Plan (AIRP) to prevent and eliminate bird flu in Bangladesh.


Replying to a question, Bishwas said that the NAC was formed following outbreak and spread of H5N1 (avian influenza virus) in Bangladesh and neighbouring countries about three years ago.


The NAC formed the technical committee last year to assess the situation and suggest ways to prevent and eliminate it.


The technical committee proposed the establishment of an expert committee to launch a vaccination programme.


The vaccination plan was taken following demand made by the poultry owners.

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