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Avian flu outbreak feared in Dimapur
Dimapur, Dec 18(NPN):
Published on 19 Dec. 2008 12:18 AM IST
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With avian flu spreading like wildfire in Assam where more than three lakh affected poultry birds have been culled, cases of outbreak reported in nearly Karbi Anglong highlights the strong suspicion that the disease has already arrived Dimapur and nearby areas more than a week ago. According to reports, many poultry birds have been affected in Dimapur particularly in the colonies bordering Karbi Anglong. It was reported that many poultry birds have died during the past week in the areas. The bird flu virus can change inside of a human body or an animal’s body – swine, for instance, that is medically closest to human. According to a report about the possibility of avian flu transmission to human,it was stated that if bird flu and human flu combine, the strain formed out of the two combinations could result in its spread from human to human. Meanwhile, according to PTI: More poultry deaths were reported Tuesday in Assam where avian influenza spread to another district, taking the count of affected districts in the state to seven, even as some crows tested positive for the H5N1 strain. Blood samples of the crows found dead in Chatribari area here were confirmed as H5N1 positive by laboratories in Bhopal and Pune, sources said. The laboratories also confirmed that avian influenza had spread to three more areas in Assam, hitting seven districts so far with culling operations on in three. Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary A Kakati said three samples sent from Sariha village in Barpeta, Kheluamara village in Bongaigaon and Kharguli in Guwahati to the Bhopal-based High Security Diagnostic Laboratory had tested positive. With this, the number of bird flu affected epicentres increased from six to nine in seven districts, Kakati said. Fresh cases of unusual bird deaths were reported from Karbi Anglong, Nagaon, Lakhimpur, Sibsagar and Golaghat districts.

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