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Navapur quarantined for a week

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Mumbai, Feb 23 (UNI) A day after declaring Navapur free of birds and eggs, the Maharashtra government today said the avian flu-hit town bordering Gujarat has been quarantined for a week as a precuationary measure even though no case of human infection has been confirmed by the Pune-based National Institute of Virology.

''Ninty four of 95 blood samples have tested negative for human influenza,'' government spokesman Bhushan Gagrani announced here this afternoon, adding test report of the remaining one sample is still awaited from National Institute of Virology, Pune.

Of the 94 who have been tested negative by the NIV, four are among the total 12 Navapur residents who have been under observation in the isolation ward of Navapur civil hospital, the spokesman said, adding the fifth person, whose test report is awaited, is also in the quarantined ward.

Mr Gagrani 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.

The spokesman said Western Railways and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation(MSRTC) have been directed against using flu-hit Navapur as a halting point. Railways and MSRTC officials confirmed they have implemented the governemnt order from today.

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