Bangladesh slaughters 150,000 birds over avian flu
DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh's livestock authorities are slaughtering around 150,000 chickens at a giant poultry farm near Dhaka after the worst outbreak of avian flu in five years, officials said on Wednesday.
The deadly H5N1 strain of flu was detected at Bay Agro farm at Gazipur, 40km north of Dhaka, on Monday after dozens of chickens died, prompting the company to send samples to a laboratory for tests.
"There are about 150,000 chickens at the farm. We have already killed and destroyed 120,000 chickens and we will kill the rest today," livestock department director Mosaddeq Hossain told AFP, adding it was the worst bird flu outbreak in five years.
Bangladesh was hit by bird flu in Feb 2007, when over one million birds were slaughtered on thousands of farms. Since then the flu has entrenched in the country, seriously ravaging one of the world's largest poultry industries.