Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- Some 3,000 chickens were culled after bird flu was detected at a poultry farm in the country’s Southeastern Cox’s Bazar district town on Sunday night.

“On Sunday officials from the centre informed us that bird flu virus was found in the samples,” District Livestock Officer Dr Zaker Ullah was quoted by The Daily Star, a local newspaper, as saying. He also said they collected samples from the poultry farm on Saturday and sent to Regional Livestock Research Centre in Feni.

Poultry birds at other farms in the area are being examined whether they are suffering from bird flu disease or not, the local livestock official noted.

The district livestock officers had hoisted red flags and banners in the affected areas and restricted public entrance there, according to reports.

BBN/SI/SS/AD-12May09-12:59 pm (BST)