Culling of birds to begin in West Bengal today

January 4th, 2009 - 12:30 pm ICT by ANI  

Siluguri (WB) Jan 4 (ANI): With the fresh outbreak of bird flu has been reported in two villages at Siliguri sub-visition in Darjeeling district, the culling operation will begin from today.
Talking to reporters here, State Animal Resource Development Minister Anisur Rehman said that the Animal Disease Detection Laboratory in Bhopal has confirmed this, following huge unnatural death of poultry birds in the area.
The main epicenter of the flu has been fixed at Binay Krishna Pally off Siliguri in the District of Darjeeling. The latest outbreak of the virus in poultry is the fourth in West Bengal since 2007.
Bird flu first broke out in India in 2006 and millions of chicken and ducks had been culled to contain the virus.
Although it has resurfaced from time to time, there have been no reports of any human infections in India.
Earlier, hundreds of thousands of birds had been culled in India’’s north-eastern Assam state and neighboring Meghalaya after bird flu was detected in November last year.
Experts have warned that the H5N1 virus might mutate or combine with the highly contagious seasonal influenza virus and spark a pandemic that could kill millions of people across the world. (ANI)

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