Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Avian influenza kills tigers at Thai zoo

20 October, 2004

The tigers died with flu-like symptoms at the Sri Racha Tigers Zoo, in central Chonburi province, 50 miles (80km) from Bangkok. The total number of dead tigers reached 30.
The test on the dead tigers showed they were infected with the H5N1 virus. It's suspected that the tigers were infected by being fed with chicken carcass, and related investigation is being conducted.
Some 30 tigers infected with bird flu virus were culled to curb further spread of the epidemic.
Altogether 53 out of a total of 441 tigers at the private zoo have died or been culled of the disease since Oct. 14, when the first tiger died of infection. The zoo, home 441 tigers.