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Monday, January 16, 2012

India : Khurda to Mayurbhanj - Bird flu fear spreads

Via IBN Live :

" BHUBANESWAR: The focal point of bird flu has now shifted to Betanati in Mayurbhanj. With culling coming to an end at Keranga in Khurda district, where it all started a week ago, the Government is now waiting for an advisory from the Centre to take its next course of action in the northern Odisha district.

The Fisheries and Animal Resources Development (FARD) department, which received the confirmation reports from the High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory (HSADL), Bhopal, has asked the Director, Veterinary Services, Benudhar Das, to rush to Mayurbhanj to take stock of the situation.

Since Betanati block is contiguous to Jharkhand where the avian influenza has been reported, the virus is believed to have spread from across the border. The area, however, does not have any organised poultry farms and most birds are part of the backyard poultry. Official sources said poultry bird population could be in the range of 4,000."

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