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Pathogenic H5N1 in poultry and duck in Bengladesh

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  “There are few recent data about AIV (Avian Influenza Virus) surveillance in Bangladesh. We have investigated the prevalence of AIVs including highly pathogenic H5N1 in poultry and duck in Bangladesh” points out Dr. Mohamed El Zowalaty, from Bengladesh, researcher in Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Atlanta (US) and presently Associate Professor of virology at School of Health Science University of KwaZulu Natal South Africa. Waterfowls are the main reservoir of avian influenza viruses and responsible for the spillover of AIVs to other hosts. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, both for human (1072 people/ km2) and poultry populations (1194 birds/ km2) , with eight confirmed HPAIV cases including one fatality reported to date (March, 2016). According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Bangladesh and its neighboring countries (Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, China, and Indonesia) are endemic for HPAIV . This is a major public health concern and since the poultry industry in an agriculture-based economy like Bangladesh comprises 20% of […]

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