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Quarantine relaxed at Navapur

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Mumbai, Mar 1 (UNI) The quarantine of avian flu-hit Navapur in northern Maharashtra was today relaxed slightly when authorities shifted back the bus station to its old location a week after it was relocated to outside the town.

Confirming the move aimed at restoring normalcy in a calibrated manner, Navapur tahsildar K B Rajguru told UNI over telephone that the restrictions placed on movement of trains through Navapur railway station, however would, continue.

The government had quarantined the town and restricted plying of buses and trains, except the express trains, on February 23, five days after the outbreak of the deadly disease was confirmed in poultry livestock in the town located close to Gujarat.

At the same time, Mr Rajguru disclosed that only three out of the total 52 poultry farms, located in and around Navapur, have been cleaned up so far, adding over 400 tonnes of debris has been removed. ''We are taking adequate care of workers engaged in the clean-up operation,'' he added.

Meanwhile, five patients still continued to be under observation in the isolated ward of Navapur hospital. They will be discharged once it was clear they did not suffer from the flu, the official said.

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