Fresh outbreak of bird flu in Darjeeling

January 7th, 2009 - 5:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Jan 7 (IANS) A fresh outbreak of bird flu was reported in Darjeeling Wednesday prompting the authorities to restart culling operations, an official said.”We have started culling operations at Rangli Ranglikot area of Darjeeling. This time a total of 7,000 poultry will be culled,” district magistrate Surendra Gupta told IANS over telephone.

Gupta said the blood samples of dead poultry from the area sent to the High Security Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Bhopal had tested positive for avian flu.

“We got the reports Wednesday that confirmed that the dead birds had H5N1 virus,” Gupta said.

About 31,000 poultry have already been culled at Matigara in Siliguri subdivision and Pubang in Takdah of Darjeeing sub-division of the same district after avian flu was confirmed in the areas Saturday.

The development came 18 days after bird flu struck Malda district in the state.

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