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>A number of unscrupulous poultry sellers in city markets have been putting members of the public at risk of avian flu infection by selling slaughtered sick chickens at low prices.
Prime customers of these pre-slaughtered chickens are makeshift roadside diners, street vendors of cooked food and caterers who deliver food to offices or messes for the low-income group, said a few poultry traders seeking anonymity. (Full report)
Although no case of human infection has so far been detected, the handling of sick birds without protective gear pose a great threat of spreading the deadly virus as the avian flu, commonly known as bird flu, spreads mostly through physical contact with the infected birds, said experts.
During a visit to Kaptanabazar poultry market a couple of days back in the morning, this correspondent came across a man who was leaving the market after buying two such pre-slaughtered chickens.
Refusing to identify himself, the man said he had bought each chicken for only Tk 30. Considering the regular price of at least Tk 60 apiece, he apparently bought the chickens at a bargain price.
Asked what he does with the chicken, the man without any facemask or gloves said he sells the chicken to “small traders, mostly those who sell boxed meals near the National Stadium and Motijheel commercial area.”


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