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March 28, 2006

Bird flu strikes 6 more areas in JalgaonBird Flu India Update

Six more tehsils of Jalgaon district of Maharashtra are hit by bird flu, State Animal Husbandary commissioner Dr Vijay Kumar said today.

"Six tehsils in the neighbourhood of the recent bird flu-affected villages have been put under appropriate quarantine as per the WHO guidelines. 400-500 chickens in the poultries in these areas were affected by bird flu and about 1000 samples have been sent to Bhopal high securty lab," Kumar said.

"We will start the culling process of 2.5 lakh birds," he said, adding, "we are expecting the results of the samples from Bhopal latest by April 3."

These tehsils are Varad in Chopda tehsil, Pardhi in Dharnagar, Erandol, Uttran in Erandol, Badgaon tehsil and Talora tehsil, he said.

"Earlier, from March 15 to 18, we had collected 90 samples of which eight had resulted positive for avian influenza," he said.

Ichachapur in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Jalgoan has also been hit by bird flu and samples from there are also sent for test to Bhopal lab, he said.



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