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Bangladesh found two outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu in poultry

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Staff Writer | January 24, 2017
Bangladesh discovered two outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry last week.
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Virus in Asia   "There is no reason to panic"
This is according to reports from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and a senior Bangladeshi health ministry official.

A first case was found at a poultry farm in Dhamrai, just outside the capital, Dhaka. Out of 3,000 Sonali type poultry at risk from the outbreak, 732 died from the virus and the rest were slaughtered, according to the Paris-based OIE.

The other outbreak was found in a village in the Western district of Rajshahi where about 450 backyard poultry died from the virus, a senior health ministry official, who asked not to be named as he is not authorized to talk to media, told Reuters.

"There is no reason to panic, people should inform us if they see birds are dying," he said, adding there had been no case of human infection in the country.