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India Reports First Bird Flu Since June 2010

by 5m Editor
18 February 2011, at 12:50am

INDIA - The first outbreak of H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported in the country since June last year.

The veterinary authority sent Immediate Notification dated 17 February 2011 to the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE).

The report describes one outbreak of HPAI at the State Duck & Poultry Farm in Agartala in Tripura state in north-east India, which borders Bangladesh. Starting on 3 February, a total of 2,198 of the flock of 4,239 birds has died.

The epidemiological investigation is ongoing, according to the report. Stamping out of all domestic birds is being applied in an approximately three-kilometre radius zone around the outbreak followed by compensation of the owners. An intensive surveillance campaign has been launched in a 10-km-radius zone.

The presence of an H5 sub-type of the HPAI virus has been confirmed.

Further Reading

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