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Govt says no birdflu in humans, Navapur quarantined for a week

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New Delhi, Feb 23 (UNI) The government today said no human samples have tested positive for avian influenza virus even as the Maharashtra government quarantined Navapur for a week as part of the efforts of the Centre and state governments to combat the disease.

The Centre said 94 of the 95 human samples being tested for the avian influenza virus have been found to be negative. Categorically denying any human case of bird flu, a health ministry statement said all the patients isolated at Navapur Sub District Hospital are normal and clinically clear.

Of the 95 samples being tested at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Delhi and National Institute of Virology Pune, 90 were tested negative on Tuesday while four more were tested negative today.

One sample is still under test and report is awaited, it added.

In Maharashtra, Navapur has been quarantined for a week, state government spokesman Bhushan Gagrani said.

The spokesman said Navapur adminstration has been directed not to allow entry or exit of anybody to the town except in extreme circumstances. Check posts all around the town have been set up to ensure compliace of the governemnt directive, he added.

In Kerala, about 2,500 ducklings have been culled as a preventive measure in Kollam, even as Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said there was no cause for panic in the absence of any confirmed case of bird flu in the state.

About 450 serum samples of birds were being airlifted to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory at Bhopal for tests, Mr Chandy told newspersons here after a meeting of the state Cabinet.

Preliminary reports indicated that the death of fowls and other birds in Malappuram, Kozhikode and some other parts of the state were not due to bird flu, he said.

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