Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article

Home > News > Report

Bird flu kills 23 tigers

October 19, 2004 18:34 IST

At least 23 three tigers have died at a zoo in Thailand after they ate raw chicken infected with bird flu, reports the BBC.

Up to 30 more tigers are reported to be ill at the The Sriracha Tiger Zoo in central Chonburi province, home to more than 200 Bengal tigers.

"All 23 dead tigers had bird flu. We believe that the tigers contracted bird flu because they ate chicken carcasses, and we believe the carcasses had bird flu," the BBC quoted Charal Trinvuthipongof the Bird Flu Prevention and Elimination Center as saying.

'The latest outbreak of bird flu has ravaged Asian poultry, and left more than 30 people dead. It has also affected domestic cats in Thailand, although health officials have played down the risk of the animals passing the disease to humans,' the BBC said.

Health experts fear that the virus might combine with a regular human influenza strain and create a deadly mutant which could trigger a human flu pandemic.

Describing tackling the disease as the country's top priority,Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had earlier set an October 31deadline to eradicate bird flu from Thailand.

Complete coverage: Bird Flu


Share your comments


Copyright 2006 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.