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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Status Report on Avian Influenza outbreak in West Bengal

invc.. • Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DADF), GOI has notified Avian Influenza outbreak in Hazrabati and Nagar villages [block Khargram], district Murshidabad on 14th January, 2010. More epicentres surfaced in the same block (Haripur, Ninur, Pathai, Jhajra and Sankarpur). State Government also notified outbreaks in the Faridpur, Budua, Khorjona, Simulia villages of Burwan Block. • A three member Central Rapid Response Team of MOHFW is stationed at Murshidabad to assist the state health authorities. • Containment measures have been initiated as per the contingency plan of DADF. Culling of birds has started and so far 147512 birds have been culled and 17420 eggs have been destroyed. • 515 poultry workers/cullers / veterinary surgeons involved in culling operations have been put on chemoprophylaxis. • The Surveillance activities are going on in 0-3 Km and 3-10Km area. In 0-3Km area, out of a total of 215496 population, 211195 have been covered and 11 persons have been identified with Fever/URI but none of them has history of contact with infected poultry.In 3-10Km area, out of a total of 230734 population, 62355 have been covered on 31.01.2010 and 15 persons have been found with Fever/URI, but none of them has history of contact with infected poultry. • The identified hospital has reported 6 cases of fever with URI but none of them has history of contact with infected poultry. • State Govt. has adequate stock of oseltamivir and personal protective equipment. • Situation is being monitored on a daily basis.

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