No further outbreak of bird flu in West Bengal

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New Delhi, Mar 17 (UNI) No further outbreak of bird flu has been detected in West Bengal, the government todday said.

The state Animal Husbandry department had issued a notification on March 9 regarding outbreak of H5 in Jiaganj and Raghunathganj-II blocks of Murshidabad.

Active house-to-house surveillance was undertaken in 0-3 Km area in the Jiaganj and Raghunathganj-II on March 11. Surveillance in 3-10 Km area has also been started.

A total of 43,405 people had been covered 0-3 Km area, of which one case of fever/ URI has been detected. He had no exposure history to infected poultry. In 3-10 Km area, a population of 1412 has been covered.

As many as 94 Animal Husbandry workers involved in culling activities have been medically examined and are under chemoprophylaxis, while 658 health personnel involved in surveillance activities and 170 hospital staff are under medical supervision.

For Raghunathganj-II, the Jangipur Sub-divisional hospital has been identified with isolation facilities. For Jiaganj, a new isolation facility has been created in Jiaganj Rural Hospital. In the hospital, eight fever/URI cases have reported. None of them had exposure history to infected poultry.

Adequate stock of Oseltamivir and personal protective equipments are available with the state/district authorities, while central and state agencies are constantly monitoring the situation.


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