Vol. 5 Num 1046 Sat. May 12, 2007  
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4,500 domestic fowls culled in Jaldhaka

More than 4,500 four thousand five hundred domestic fowls were killed and buried from all of the 454 households of West Gulmonda Master Para village in Jaldhaka upazila on Thursday night and yesterday.

The culled fowls include 3,297 chickens, 829 ducks and 398 pigeons, upazila livestock office sources said.

This is the first incidence of massive bird flu disease among the poultry birds of local species in the area.

An NGO field worker recently brought samples of some dead chicken from Master Para village to Jaldhaka Upazila Livestock Office that sent the samples on May 8 to Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) at Savar in Dhaka for testing, District Livestock Office sources said.

The BLRI report which identified the disease as bird flu (H5) reached Nilphamari on Thursday and a team led by Jaldhaka Upazila Nirbahi Officer Muhammad Mosleuddin and Magistrate Mamunul Hasan along with officers and employees of district and upazila livestock offices, police and BDR went to the affected village the same night.

They started killing and burying domestic chickens, ducks and pigeons at 11:30pm and it continued till yesterday noon. The upazila administration told the poultry farmers that they would be compensated.

Some 500 to 600 chickens died in West Gulmonda Master Para village from an unknown disease in the first week of May, said Maminur Rahman, Chairman of Gulmonda Union under the upazila.

Receiving the news that two women of the affected area were attacked with suspicious fever and sneezing, a medical team visited the spot on Thursday and found that the two women were suffering from normal viral fever, said senior medical officer of the district civil surgeon office Dr Abdul Majid.

Panic is prevailing among the people of the village and surrounding areas. There are several hundred small and big poultry farms in the district.

The local union parishad arranged announcement through loudspeakers to make people aware of bird flu disease.

Jaldhaka UNO Mosleuddin said the situation is under control and as a precautionary measure poultry farmers in that village have been instructed not to rear chicken, duck and pigeon for the next three months.