Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Continued Outbreak in India's West Bengal State

The Indian state of West Bengal, which borders Bangladesh, has been experiencing continued bird-to-bird transmission of the H5N1 avian influenza strain for the past few weeks. Bangladesh has also been experiencing continued outbreaks among wild and domestic birds, causing the deaths of more than 300,000 birds in the last year.

"More than 35,000 chickens and other poultry have died in and around Margram village in West Bengal state's Birbhum district over the last couple of weeks, officials have said."

"A second outbreak has been detected in the district of South Dinajpur, also in West Bengal but not neighbouring the other outbreak, said Anisur Rahaman, state minister for animal resources."

Animal and human health officials have set up a 3km quarantine and have begun culling birds within the area and monitoring anyone that has come in contact with the birds for influenza-like illnesses. To date, no human cases have been reported in India.

The border between Bangladesh and West Bengal has been sealed until the outbreak is under control.

Full story: http://www.reuters.com/article/middleeastCrisis/idUSDEL54419

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