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Migratory Bird Connection re-emerges in Assam Flu Outbreak

PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:15 pm
by vet
Assam animal husbandry and veterinary director Dr. Aswini Kotoki said the source of the Assam Ful outbreak were local lakes, where a lot of migratory ducks fly in at the onset of winter.

“Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of H5N1 virus and migratory birds are believed to be the source of this virus,” Kotoki said. He didn’t rule out the possibility of the virus spreading to other districts.

“The infection, first detected in the Hajo area, has now spread to Rampur and Rani on the outskirts of the state capital,” Kotoki said over the phone.

“Culling operation in Hajo villages will be completed by December 5. As many as 51,546 birds have been culled in 48 villages. Around two lakh poultry birds will be culled in both Hajo and Palasbari revenue circles,” Jain said.

Twenty five-member teams — including four veterinary department officials and a member of district administration — had been out sent for the job.