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More H5N1 Spread in Bangladesh

Recombinomics Commentary 19:11
January 2, 2008

On Sunday, the officials slaughtered 19,200 chickens and a few thousand eggs after the lethal H5N1 strain of avian influenza was detected at the Mirpur farm

Bird flu outbreaks were also reported at two villages in northern Gaibandha district, where 2,600 chickens were put to death on Sunday, the New Nation newspaper said.

Another 1,000 chickens were culled after the disease was found at a private farm in Savar, an industrial town near Dhaka, the private ETV network reported

The above comments describe multiple additional outbreaks of H5N1 in Bangladesh (see satellite map).  Several of the outbreaks are near earlier outbreaks, but the new confirmations have led to alerts in neighboring countries.

Sequences from Bangladesh have not been released, although initial outbreaks were in early 2007.  It is likely that the H5N1 will be the Qinghai (clade 2.2) strain and be related to outbreaks in India.  However, India also has not released any sequences this year.

The recent reports of H5N1 in clusters in Pakistan raise concerns of additional human cases.

Release of sequences from Bangladesh would be useful.

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