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Four HPAI Outbreaks in Dhaka and Khulna

by 5m Editor
22 December 2011, at 12:32am

BANGLADESH - Dr Musaddique Hossain, Director (Animal Health & Administration), Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock in Dhaka, has reported four new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Dhaka and Khulna.

The World Organisation for Animal Health received follow-up report no. 36 yesterday, 21 December. The causal agent has been identified as H5N1 virus and all four outbreaks took place at commercial poultry farms located in Dhaka and Khulna.

According to the report, a total of 14984 birds were found susceptible to the outbreaks, out of which 1257 cases were identified, indicating a 100 per cent apparent case fatality rate (meaning all 1257 affected birds were found dead). A total of 13727 birds were destroyed.

The source of the outbreak has not been deduced.

According to the OIE, some of the measures applied include:

  • Stamping out;
  • Movement control inside the country;
  • Disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s);
  • Vaccination prohibited; and
  • No treatment of affected animals.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.