Bird Flu Update in India

INDIA - The Indian government has announced the current situation in Tripura and West Bengal. The central team is monitoring the containment operations.
calendar icon 15 May 2008
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West Bengal

According to the report culling operations started on 10.5.2008. 125 Cullers/Veterinary staff are under medical observation and continue to be on chemoprophylaxis with oseltamivir.

Active surveillance, started on 11.05.08, has covered 37 villages with a population of 23,875 in the 0-3 Km area and 42 villages and 10647 population in the 3-10 km area. A total of 47 (30 in 0-3 km and 17 in 3-10 km area) cases of fever and upper respiratory tract infection have been detected. None of them have contact with sick/ dead poultry.

In the identified health facility 36 cases of fever and upper respiratory tract infection have reported. One patient of fever with URI case is admitted. None of them have exposure history.

Awareness programme on avian influenza is continuing in the affected area through miking, pamphlet distribution and posters jointly by Animal Health and Human Health Departments.

There is adequate stock of oseltamivir and PPE with the District authorities.


Central RRT is assisting the State authorities. House to house surveillance by health workers is continuing. A population of 20274 has been covered in 0-3 Km area. No case of fever and URI has been reported in the population under surveillance. In the 3-10 km area a total of 25954 population is under surveillance and 5 cases of fever with URI were detected. None of them had history of exposure to sick poultry.

151 Animal Health Workers are under medical supervision and are under chemoprophylaxis. There is no suspect case of human avian influenza.

The situation is being monitored.

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