Bird flu outbreak

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 15.01.10
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Behrampore, Jan. 14: A fresh outbreak of bird flu was reported in Murshidabad district today, prompting the authorities to announce a culling drive in the area from tomorrow.

Four gram panchayats in Murshidabad are said to be affected.

Officials said the Kirtipur gram panchayat was the worst hit. The other areas are Khargram, Margram and Parulia all in the Khargram block of Murshidabad.

“So far, 4,000 birds have died. We had sent samples to Bhopal and we have received the report that confirms bird flu. We will start culling from tomorrow,” said Utpal Bhadra, sub-divisional officer, Kandi.

Last year’s bird flu outbreak in Bengal had started from the Khargram block.