Avian influenza (AI) has started spreading in different poultry farms across Bangladesh again as department of fisheries and livestock detected the bird flu virus and culled birds at different places, according to an article by The Daily Star.

Authorities culled 2,095 chickens and destroyed 205 eggs March 8 following detection of bird flu in Netrakona and Gaibandha.

“The government has been alert enough this season to monitor bird flu cases. Wherever any bird flu virus is detected, authorities are taking measures to check its outbreak,” said Dr. Giasuddin, chief scientific officer at Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute.

The government with assistance from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has employed field volunteers since October 2008 to strengthen surveillance of bird flu in rural areas, he said.