Mass Deaths of Thai Fighting Cocks caused by Bird-Flu?

Thai Fighting Cocks are being tested for the Bird-Flu virus, following mass deaths of the Warrior Chickens in Thailand.

The officials of the Health Ministry of Thailand fear a possible Bird-Flu outbreak during this winter.

Some 800,000 health volunteers spread throughout the country have been assigned to monitor sick poultry and people.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Prat Boonyawongvirot said Saturday he had urged volunteers to inform health officials immediately if any poultry perished.

“Then they’ll be checked for the virus,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary said that the ministry had equipped district and provincial hospitals with sterile rooms to treat bird-flu patients.

The ministry also stressed that children should stay away from chickens or birds that fell ill or died under inexplicable circumstances.

Suspicious mass deaths of fighting cocks in Nong-pangpuay village of Kaoliew district have been reported.

The dead chickens had symptoms similar to those caused by the bird flu virus.

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Headman Yongyuth Thongchoop said that the officials were trying to investigate the cause of the mass deaths of chickens in the area and will destroy the carcasses.

However, villagers protested against officials who tried to get samples of dead chickens to test in the lab, because they do not want their prized possessions to be culled, he said.

Phin Khanjiek, a villager, said he wants authorities to confirm the virus infection before sacrificing his fighting cock because he had bought it at a high price.

Dr Thawat Suntrajarn, director-general of the Disease Control Department, said the Bureau of Epidemiology was monitoring 2,036 patients suffering from general flu and pneumonia admitted to hospitals across country.

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As of Thursday, no bird-flu cases have been reported in those patients.

Source:

http://nationmultimedia.com/2007/11/17/national/national_30056505.php

www.thaiphotoblogs.com/index.php?blog=5&p=160… 

www.travelblog.org/Asia/Thailand/blog-54966.html

www.birdflubreakingnews.com

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