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Monday, March 12, 2012

India : State steps up vigil on bird deaths

Via The Telegraph :

" The state health department has issued a third alert to all district health officers and civil surgeons to increase the vigil over spread of avian influenza.

The monitoring has been heightened on the instructions of chief minister Nitish Kumar, who held a review meeting last evening with senior officers of the state animal and fish resources and health departments.

At the meeting, Nitish was told about crow deaths in Gaya, Banka, Nawada and Bhagalpur districts, and also about Gaya being the only place where few samples tested positive for the H5N1 virus that causes avian influenza. The chief minister has asked the departments concerned to conduct mass awareness programmes across the state to prevent the transmission of avian influenza to poultry and subsequently to human beings."

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