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Sunday, February 17, 2008

160,000 Chickens to be Killed in Bangladesh due to Bird Flu

All of this is from a single farm.

Livestock authorities in Bangladesh began culling around 1.6 lakh chickens at a major poultry farm in the capital after the detection of bird flu, which has spread to 42 of the country's 64 administrative districts since its detection in March last year, officials said on Sunday.

Officials said they would need at least two days to cull the entire flock in the farm.

"This would be the highest number of poultry birds to be culled at a single farm since the outbreak of the avian influenza," chief livestock officer Dr Salahuddin Khan told PTI.

So far, more than six lakh chickens have been culled in various affected areas of the country, he said.

A lakh is equal to 100,000 in the Indian numbering system.

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