|March 17, 2004,
just-food.com: Thailand has announced another
human fatality attributed to bird flu. The news comes
a week after the Thai government announced its country
was free of the virus. In addition to another human case,
four provinces also reported chickens testing positive
for bird flu. The government has sense recanted their
disease-free status and an agriculture ministry official
said all poultry within a 1km-radius of each new outbreak
is to be culled, reported Dow Jones News.
So far eight people have died from the disease in Thailand
and 15 have died in Vietnam bringing the total to 23
deaths attributed to bird flu in Asia. More than 100
million birds have been culled across Asia in a bid
to stop the spread of the disease.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has warned
countries not to restock poultry flocks or resume poultry
trade until they are completely clear from the virus.
China has said it has had no new reports of bird flu
among poultry for 29 days, but warned further outbreaks
could occur once migratory birds begin their journey
north, reported Reuters.
Japan meanwhile has introduced new tougher penalties
for farmers who fail to report evidence of bird flu
among their flocks. The decision follows accusations
that a farmer in western Japan covered up the deaths
of thousands of infected chickens at his farm.