Monday, January 5, 2009

Bird Flu Resurfaces in the State of West Bengal

West Bengal’s fourth H5N1 outbreak has just been confirmed in India.

Over the past week, poultry began to die off at alarming rates in the village of Mathigarah in Darjeeling. State authorities confirmed that the dead poultry tested positive for H5N1 infection and ordered the culling of 60,000 birds beginning Sunday (1/9/08).

Despite the past spread of H5N1 among poultry in 14 of West Bengal’s 19 districts alone, India has yet to report its first case of human H5N1 infection.

Check out the following websites for more information about this outbreak:

Crofs Blog

AFP's Blog

Newstrack India

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