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Bird flu outbreak confirmed in West Bengal's Nadia District

September 20, 2011 - New Delhi

Bird Flu has been confirmed in poultry samples collected from two villages of Tehatta I block in West Bengal's Nadia District.

Samples forwarded to the ERDDL, Kolkata and High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), Bhopal have tested positive for H5 strain of avian influenza.

According to an official statement, it has been decided to immediately commence the culling of birds and destruction of eggs and feed material to control further spread of the disease.

"It has also been decided that the entire poultry will be culled within a radius of 3 kms. of the foci of infection. In addition to the culling strategy, surveillance will be carried out over a further radius up to 10 kilometres," the statement added.

Apart from this, surveillance is being intensified throughout the State to monitor further spread of infection. West Bengal Government has been asked to furnish a daily report on the control and containment operations to the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Centre has advised a series of strategic actions to be taken immediately in the area by the animal husbandry and public health departments.

These include declaration of infected and surveillance areas, ban on movement of poultry and its products in the infected area or closure of poultry and egg markets and shops within a radius of 10 kms. from the infected site, ban on movement of farm personnel, restricting access to wild and stray birds.

It also ban on restricting access to the infected premises, destruction of birds, disposal of dead birds and infected materials; clean-up and disinfection followed by sealing of the premises and issue of sanitization certificate, post operations surveillance, imposition of legislative measures etc. along with necessary measures laid down in the contingency plan (2005) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.


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