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Bird flu: Meghalaya, Tripura sound alert
Correspondent Shillong, Feb 18:
Published on 19 Feb. 2011 12:32 AM IST
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Meghalaya has sounded an alert following an outbreak of avian flu in Tripura and Bangladesh, deputy chief minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Bindo M Lanong said Friday.
“All veterinary officials, especially those posted in the Bangladesh border, have been asked to keep a close watch and take all possible preventive measures,” he said.
Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of it is porous, hilly and unfenced, hence prone to frequent to infiltration and smuggling of goods. Trained rapid response team (RRT) and personnel protective equipment have been kept ready.
Culling begins in Tripura
PTI: At least 3000 poultry, including chicken and ducks, were today culled in a state-owned poultry and within its three km radius here following outbreak of birdflu in Tripura.
State Animal Resource minister Aghor Debbarma told newsmen over two thousand chicken and ducks have died in the area since February 3 last and blood samples of some of them which were sent to Regional Animal Diseases Diagnostic Centre in Kolkata tested positive for H5N1 virus.
The administration has also banned selling of any poultry in and around R K Nagar Poultry, six km from here. Avian influenza was first reported from Kamalpur, a subdivision in Dhalai district bordering Moulavi bazaar district of neighbouring Bangladesh in April 2008.

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