Culling of birds continues in West Bengal’s Coochbehar district

February 4th, 2009 - 3:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Coochbehar (WB), Feb 4 (ANI): Culling operations are continuing in two bird flu affected villages in West Bengal’’s Coochbehar district.
Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has notified avian influenza outbreak in two villages — Uttar Dankoba and Nagar Bhagni — on January 30.
Central Rapid Response Team of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will reach here by tomorrow.
So far 689 birds have been culled. 85 animal husbandry workers involved in culling activity have been medically examined and they are on Chemoprophylaxis.
Active house-to-house human surveillance has been started. In 0-3 km area, the total population is about 40,000. On Monday, a population of 3325 has been covered. No case of URI with fever has been identified.
In the 3-10 km area, the population is covered in phases. The total population is about 1,00,000. On Monday, a population of 11,150 was covered. No cases of fever with URI have been detected.
In the identified health facility, ten cases with URI and fever have been detected but none of them had exposure history to infected poultry.
The State Government has adequate stock of Oseltamivir and personal protective equipments. (ANI)

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