Culling operation on in Tripura, WB to contain bird flu

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (UNI) Culling operation has begun in Dhalai district of Tripura with a Central Rapid Response Team having reached the state following the outbreak of avian influenza in poultry.

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries notified outbreak of Avian Influenza in poultry in Mohanpur village in Salema block yesterday. The village had reported unusual poultry deaths and the high security Animal Research Laboratory confirmed the outbreak of the disease.

The Health Ministry has supplied 500 Personal Protective Equipment, 200 N-95 masks, 5000 capsules of Tamiflu and 2 ventilators.

Meanwhile in West Bengal, containment operation was going on in the Nadia district where the outbreak of bird flu was notified on April 4. The disease was detected in poultry of Mandalpukur and Kalitala villages of Block Ranaghat II.

In the earlier notified area of Jalpaiguri district, active house-to-house surveillance was continuing in 0-3 Km area. A population of 29253 has been covered. Six cases of fever/URI were identified in the community, but none of them had exposure to infected poultry.

The situation was being monitored. There was no suspect case of human avian influenza.

In 3-10 Km area, a population of 96184 had been covered. About 88 cases of fever/URI had been identified in the community but none of them had exposure to infected poultry. Five cases of fever/URI were reported in the hospital, but they also had no exposure to infected poultry. Two cases with fever/URI were admitted in the hospital.

Adequate stock of Oseltamivir, personal protective equipment were available with the State/district authorities.

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