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Bangladesh appoints avian influenza vaccination committee

An eight-member expert committee has been formed in Bangladesh to devise a plan to start a vaccination programme in the wake of the spread of avian influenza in poultry farms across the country.

Avian Influenza has been detected in 21 out of 85 big poultry farms in Bangladesh this year and over 46,000 chicks have been culled till May 31, officials in Dhaka have revealed.

The National Advisory Committee (NAC) met recently to discuss the issue. The 22-member NAC was formed last year under Avian Influenza Response Plan (AIRP) to prevent and eliminate bird flu in Bangladesh. The NAC formed a technical committee to assess the H5N1 situation and suggest ways to prevent and eliminate it.

The technical committee proposed the establishment of an expert committee to launch a vaccination programme following ‘long-standing demand’ by poultry producers.

Editor WorldPoultry


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    Dr. A.G. RAO

    It is too late now in taking a decision for proper vaccinations against AI in Bangladesh. India should also implement a suitable vaccination programme for AI since the eastern parts of the country is experiencing severe outbreaks of HPAI

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    Dr M asif raza

    This is not a good news regarding endemic of avian influenza in Bangladesh.In my opinion vaccination is not a permanent solution for this .A single strain vaccination can not give cross immunity against other strains.we are facing this problem in Pakistan for the last couple of years .Vaccination is practiced at breeder and broiler level ,but no satisfactory results are achieved ,so with this experience i recommend to focus on strict bio security plan and strictly stop farming in the area for limited period.

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    Dr.Tazul MS in Microbiology

    I Believe it is very very important steps for Bangladesh poultry industry. Bangladesh suffered much due to AI. I wish success of this vaccination program!

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