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Govt sets check posts to prevent bird-flu outbreak
DHAKA, April 17 (BSS)- The government has set up check posts throughout the country to contain further spread of bird flu among the chicken consumers.

Official sources in the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock said here today that the check posts are headed by the district livestock officials. These check posts are in addition to the existing number of check posts at the entry point of Dhaka city.

The points where check posts have been set up are at western side of Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge, Goalunda ghat, Mawa ghat, Jhilmil project, Kanchpur Bridge, Demra Bridge, Jatrabari, Hemayetpur, Eastern Housing (Embankment) at Pallabi, Tongi, Abdullahpur, Maizuddin Bridge at Bhairab and Sripur, they said.

Talking to BSS, Director of Animal Health and Administration, Dr Musaddique Hossain said the main objective behind setting up of check posts are to prevent the transportation of infected chicks into the capital. He said "The outbreak of bird flu is totally under control ."

Dr Musaddique said, "We launched an awareness campaign against the disease throughout the country in 2011 and that is still continuing."

The government has deployed 30 veterinary officials in the city's 30 kitchen markets so that the infected chickens could not enter anyway into city markets, said another official of the livestock department.

Besides, the government has formed 10 vigilance teams to oversee the activities of the livestock officials working at the city kitchen markets.

Regarding the initiative to control the disease, Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Uzzal Bikash Datta said the government has modernised its seven regional animal disease research and investigation centres.

The government has also appointed additional manpower like veterinary surgeons and influenza workers at 306 upazilas, who will collect information everyday on the disease outbreak visiting poultry farms in the concerned areas, said the ministry official.

The bird flu was detected in Bangladesh first in a poultry farm near Dhaka city in March 2007.

The situation deteriorated later as the virus transpired fast across the country.

Bird flu cases were reported from 47 districts between December 2007 and March 2008.

The bird flu has so far been detected in 550 out of 150,000 poultry farms across the country and more than 2.5 million chickens, ducks and pigeons were culled.

Because of the killing of birds (chicken) an amount of 75 billion Taka (about 1.07 billion US dollars) was lost by the poultry farmers said an estimate of Bangladesh Poultry Industries Association.

The first bird flu in human body in Bangladesh was detected on May 21, 2008.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, diagnosed a 16-month-old Bangladeshi child infected with H5N1, who was later recovered.
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