Culling of 84,000 fowls begins in Gazipur
Friday, 28 March 2008

UNB, Gazipur

The district administration began culling around 84,000 poultry birds and destroying over 1,000 eggs of a farm at Bagher Bazar in Gazipur Sadar upazila Wednesday morning following the detection of avian influenza.

Local livestock officials said the fowls and the eggs of APC Poultry Farm were destroyed in presence of magistrate Saiful Islam and law enforcers after H5N1 virus was detected in the samples collected from the farm Tuesday.

The administration has imposed a ban on buying and selling domestic and poultry and eggs in the area until further notice.

Meanwhile, the livestock officials have started spraying germicide in other poultry farms of the upazila to prevent further spread of the virus. The magistrate said it would take until Wednesday to complete the culling operation.

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