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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Found in Bangladesh Crows
BANGLADESH - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been discovered in wild birds in Bangladesh.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (Subtype H5N1) Clades in Bangladesh 2010 and 2011
BANGLADESH - The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Bangladesh is characterised by reported long-distance translocation events. This poses a challenge to disease control efforts, according to lead author, Michael P. Ward.
Increased enforcement of biosecurity and stronger control of movements between affected farms and susceptible farms, and better surveillance and reporting, is needed.
Although the movement of poultry and equipment appears to be a more likely explanation for the patterns identified, the relative contribution of trade and the market chain versus wild birds in spreading the disease needs further investigation.
Preventative Veterinary Medicine
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Surveillance of Avian Influenza Virus Type A in Semi-scavenging Ducks in Bangladesh
BANGLADESH - Based on our surveillance results, Amina Khatun from Chonbuk National University in Korea and co-authors concluded that semi-scavenging ducks in Bangladesh might play important role in transmitting Avian Influenza (AI) virus type A. However, the current risk of infection for humans from domestic ducks in Bangladesh is negligible.
The researchers say they believe that this relatively large data-set over three winters in Bangladesh might create a strong foundation for future studies of AI prevalence, evolution and ecology in wintering sites around the globe.
BMC Veterinary Research
Monday, July 29, 2013
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Molecular Epidemiology of Influenza A (H5N1) Viruses, Bangladesh, 2007–2011
BANGLADESH - To investigate the origins, evolution and patterns of spread of HPAI H5N1 outbreaks in Bangladesh, Md. Ahasanul Hoque of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University performed a phylogenetic reconstruction analysis using Bayesian methods. The analysis was conducted using 81 haemagglutinin (HA) gene sequences from the H5N1 viruses isolated in Bangladesh from 2007 to 2011, together with 264 publicly available HA sequences of clade 2.2, 2.3.2 and 2.3.4 retrieved from GenBank. Our study provides evidence that clade 2.2.2 viruses that caused outbreaks in Bangladesh were lineages independent from the viruses introduced earlier into India. Furthermore, the Bangladesh clade 2.2.2 descendents subsequently spread to India and Bhutan.
This has implications for avian influenza control in southern Asia suggesting multiple routes of entry of the virus including one pathway that spread to neighbouring countries via Bangladesh.
Preventative Veterinary Medicine
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News OIE Reports HPAI Outbreaks in Dhaka and Rangpur
BANGLADESH - The Bangladeshi veterinary authorities have reported two outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at commercial poultry farms located in Rangpur and in Dhaka.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Affected Chickens Culled in Rajbari
BANGLADESH - More than 1800 chickens were culled and 400 eggs destroyed following detection of bird flu virus at a poultry farm in Sadar upazila of Rajbari district on Sunday night.
The Daily Star
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Feed Industry Rebounds as Bird Flu Ebbs
BANGLADESH - The feed industry is recovering on the back of rising poultry farming in recent months, industry people said yesterday.
The Daily Star
Friday, February 22, 2013
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Poultry Industry Rebounds as Bird Flu Attacks Recede
BANGLADESH - The poultry industry is gradually picking up owing to a drop in frequency of bird flu attacks in farms, industry leaders said yesterday.
The Daily Star
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News 2,000 Fowls Culled in Chuadanga District
BANGLADESH - Over 2000 fowls have been culled following detection of bird flu virus at a poultry farm in Islampara area of Chuadanga district town.
The Daily Star
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Bangladesh Reports Another HPAI Outbreak
BANGLADESH - The Bangladeshi veterinary authorities have reported another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at a commercial poultry farm in Dhaka.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Avian Flu H5N1 Outbreak in Bangladesh
BANGLADESH - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus caused by the H5N1 virus has been reported at a commercial farm near Dhaka to the OIE.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Govt to Vaccinate Poultry
BANGLADESH - The government has decided to 'experimentally' vaccinate poultry birds to protect the poultry industry from avian influenza virus, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Md Abdul Latif Biswas said yesterday.
The Daily Star
Monday, June 04, 2012
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Found in 21 Poultry Farms
BANGLADESH - Bird flu has been detected in 21 out of 85 big poultry farms in Bangladesh this year and over 46,000 chicks have been culled till May 31, officials said in Dhaka.
Gulf Times
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Hits Bangladeshi Feed Producers
BANGLADESH - Maize growers fear losses as demand for poultry feed slumps, after bird flu wiped out 25,000 poultry farms in the last year.
The Daily Star
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Dhaka Bans Chicken Sale on Mondays
BANGLADESH - Bangladesh has banned sale of chicken on Mondays to prevent an outbreak of bird flu again in the country, a senior official of the health ministry said last week.
Gulf Times
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Poultry Farms Gripped by Bird Flu
BANGLADESH - At The Daily Star Roundtable on poultry sector organised on Sunday the dire strait the poultry industry finds itself in, has been depicted by the participants. Almost two-thirds of 1.5 lakh poultry farms have been closed down over the last two years due to poor surveillance and lack of compensation for culled fowls.
The Daily Star
Monday, April 02, 2012
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Bangladesh Culls Poultry
BANGLADESH - Over 1000 chickens were culled at a poultry firm in the district on Friday night following detection of bird flu.
The Daily Star
Monday, March 26, 2012
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Takes Toll on Poultry Industry
BANGLADESH - Renewed attacks of avian influenza on the poultry industry cut chicken production and hiked prices of meat and eggs.
The Daily Star
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News Bangladesh Reports HPAI Outbreaks Across Various Regions
BANGLADESH - The Bangladeshi veterinary authorities have reported a total of ten highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks across various commercial poultry farms in Dhaka, Khulna, Chittagong and Rajshahi.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Bangladesh - Bird Flu News 22,000 Bird Flu Affected Fowls Culled in Manikganj
BANGLADESH - District administration and livestock officials culled 21,885 bird flue affected parent stock of fowl and 6,227 eggs of Green Valley Agro Complex at Andharmanik in the town on Tuesday night.
The Daily Star
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Avian Influenza

(aka bird flu, avian flu) is caused by a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide. A strain of the H5N1-type of avian influenza virus that emerged in 1997 has been identified as the most likely source of a future influenza pandemic.Strains of avian influenza virus may infect various types of animals, including birds, pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. However, wild fowl act as natural asymptomatic carriers, spreading it to more susceptible domestic stocks.

How to Recognise Avian Influenza
What to look for
  • Ruffled feathers
  • Soft-shelled eggs
  • Depression and droopiness
  • Sudden drop in egg production
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cyanosis (purplish-blue coloring) of wattles and comb
  • Edema and swelling of head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
  • Green diarrhoea
  • Blood-tinged discharge from nostrils
  • Incoordination, including loss of ability to walk and stand
  • Pin-point hemorrhages (most easily seen on the feet and shanks)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Increased death losses in a flock
  • Sudden death
  • Nasal discharges
For more detail in avian influenza in poultry click here
Poultry Vaccination

Poultry Vaccination as a strategy for controlling AI in commercial birds

Outbreaks of avian influenza in the poultry industry cause devastating economic losses and is generally controlled through extensive culling of infected birds. Alternative strategies also use vaccination as a supplementary control measure during avian influenza outbreaks.

.Advantages of Vaccination
  • Vaccination reduces susceptibility to infection.
  • A higher dose of virus is necessary to infect the vaccinated birds.
  • Vaccinated birds shed less virus.
    - Decreased contamination of the environment.
    - Decreased risk of human infection
  • Used strategically vaccination compliments a stamping out strategy by slowing/stopping the spread of the virus
For more information on poultry vaccination see:

Avian Influenza (Fowl Plague) is a potentially devastating disease, predominantly of chickens and turkeys, although the virus can also affect game birds (pheasants, partridge and quail), ratites (ostrich and emu), psittacine and passerine birds.

Avian Influenza is caused by an orthomyxovirus, or influenza virus and can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, mechanical vectors such as vehicles and equipment and personnel travelling between farms, markets and abattoirs.

Precautionary requirements include cleaning and disinfection of premises and the establishment of a Biosecurity barrier to help prevent spread of disease is essential.

For more information on biosecurity see the links below

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