Bird flu alert in West Bengal, India

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Death of poultry birds has been reported from parts of Birbhum and South Dinajpur districts of West Bengal, India.

Samples of dead birds have been sent to High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), Bhopal. Report from the lab is likely to be received by late night today or tomorrow.

The State and Central governments are in constant touch and teams have been dispatched to the affected areas to take necessary steps to contain the disease. As a precautionary measure, trade in poultry bird in Birbhum and South Dinajpur districts and movement of birds in an out of these districts has been restricted.

Till the report from HSADL, Bhopal is received, it cannot be said whether mortality of poultry birds has been due to Avian Influenza or some other disease. In case it is found to be due to the bird flu virus, immediate steps as per the standard action plan will be carried out. In the meantime, necessary logistics are being put in place to be in readiness for any eventuality.

Source: Press Information Bureau, India

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