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Bird flu spreading in Bangladesh

Despite great efforts, bird flu is spreading among poultry in Bangladesh. The avian virus has been found in three more farms, close to where bird flu broke out much earlier. About 77,000 chickens have been culled so far from 30 farms since March 22 and approximately 600 workers at the infected farms have been given a local version of the Tamiflu anti-viral drug as a precaution.

The virus is known to have infected nearly 300 people in 12 countries since 2003, killing more than half of them. There’s a lot of concern for the Bangladesh economy since about four million of its inhabitants are directly or indirectly associated with poultry farming.

We might be getting closer than we think to a pandemic that could affect millions of people. The intense confinement of poultry in industrial farms makes the avian virus transmission easier. The transition to a plant-based diet would help reduce the number of poultry in farms and therefore would alleviate human and animal suffering. To read the full article please visit Bangladesh says bird flu spreading

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