Vol. 5 Num 1015 Mon. April 09, 2007  
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1,000 chickens die of bird flu in Noakhali

A poultry farm infected with avian influenza was detected in Companiganj upazila of Noakhali yesterday.

Around 1,000 of 1,800 chickens died because of the infection at the Naser Poultry Farm located in Char Hazari village of the upazila.

Although the central avian influenza control room confirmed the detection, it did not receive any report of culling the remaining 800 chickens as of filing of this report at 8:45pm last night.

With this, the number of bird flu-infected farms in the district reached to six. More than 60,000 chickens have been culled in the district so far.

A report from Khagrachhari meanwhile said 123 chickens were culled at a farm fearing bird flu infection.

The flu control room sources said the owner of the farm culled all his chickens without conducting any test following the death of some fowls from due to undetected reason.

A correspondent from Benapole reports: A few hundred chickens died at different farms of Shalkona village of Sharsha upazila in Jessore due to some "undetected" disease.

Local upazila livestock officer visited the area and collected samples for sending them to Dhaka for testing.

The chickens did not die because of flu but cholera and Ranikhet disease, he claimed.