Govt dismisses apprehension of bird flu among humans

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Kolkata, Feb 1(UNI) Dismissing the apprehension of bird flu infecting human body, the West Bengal Government today said all the samples collected from 19 people had proved negative for the dreaded virus.

" All the samples collected from 19 people, who had fallen ill in different areas, have been proved negative following test at Pune's Institute of Virology," a high official in the Health Department said.

These people, complaining of fever and bodyache, had been put under observation.

However, the Government has made it mandatory that health workers, participating in the ongoing culling operation, must be quarantined for seven days for observation after the task was over.

Yesterday Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee asked the administration in the bird flu-affected districts to ensure that the culling operation was complete by tomorrow.

With the disease spreading to 13 out of the state's 19 districts, the Government had to raise the target for culling to 2.8 million mark.

An instruction had also been issued to maintain strict vigil against fresh outbreak of the disease for ten days after the culling operation was over.

Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rahman said culling was over in a number of affected districts and the number of culling teams had been reduced to 406 from 1,000.

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