Monday, February 4, 2008

Bird flu in Bangladesh

Bird flue has spread to 3 more districts in Bangladesh – affecting now more than half of the country’s 64 districts. While government officials are taking measure to contain the disease, millions of “ignorant” farmers are posing a problem to their efforts. Even though the governments requires dead birds to be burned or buried, farmers and backyard poultry breeders are ignoring warnings. As of now, no human infections have been reported in Bangladesh – however, 4 million people are involved in poultry farming. In contrast, the neighboring state of West Bengal has isolated 26 people with bird flue symptoms following the most serious outbreak of H5N1 in poultry.


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