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No bird flu in Manipur
Correspondent, IMPHAL, JAN 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Jan. 2009 1:31 AM IST
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In a relief to the panic gripped villagers of Misao Lhavom under Churachandpur district who feared avian flu outbreak in their village following hospitalization of 22 people Tuesday, laboratory tests of blood samples collected from fowls has confirmed that there was no outbreak of avian flu. Villagers earlier reported death of fowls in large scale and people were hospitalized after they complained of severe headache, cough, vomiting etc. Head of Animal Disease Investigation, state veterinary department, P Rajen said that the death of fowls was caused by a disease called “Comibacillosis”. “We have tested the blood samples collected from the dead and alive chickens of the village Misao Lhavom where many people were reportedly hospitalized Tuesday and found the disease that killed the chicken as Comibacillosis, an ordinary disease of the domestic fowls,” P Rajen said. He said the villagers need not fear as the disease was a common water and food borne disease which could be controlled. He also ruled out that those people who were affected by an unknown disease might have been caused by chicken related disease. He suspected the disease to be water borne as the people were consuming the same water they use for feeding chicken. Rajen expressed disappointment on the medical team of the state health department for using the term “Avian Influenza” even as he observed that the disease from which the villagers were suffering was similar to it. He said the “sensitive” word has caused panic to the people of the state.

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