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Outbreak Wreaks Havoc in West Bengal

by 5m Editor
12 March 2008, at 10:21am

INDIA - The Indian Department of Animal Husbandry has announced fresh poultry deaths in Jiaganj and Raghunathganj-II blocks of Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Later examination confirmed that the birds had died from a H5 infection.

According to the government bureau, about 90 birds died in Budhra Village of Jiaganj block. The present epicenter is about 50 Km from the nearest epicenter in Navagram block of Murshidabad.

The State Government has been requested to institute the containment operations as per the contingency plan and other States bordering West Bengal have been alerted.

Active event based human surveillance started yesterday in Jiaganj. There are 19 villages in 0-3 Km. A population of 19849 has been put under active surveillance. Five cases of fever/ URI have been detected. In the hospital 24 fever/URI cases have reported of which one has been admitted. None of them have exposure history to infected poultry. 104 Animal Husbandry workers involved in culling activities have been medically examined and are under chemoprophylaxis. 623 health personnel are involved in surveillance activities.

Two central Rapid Response Teams are being deputed to the affected areas to supervise the containment operations and the situation is being closely monitored.

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5m Editor