Infectious Diseases 2009

Infectious Diseases 2009

Avian Influenza hits Bengal again

1 June, 2009 A fresh outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported from West Bengal.
About 20 backyard poultry were reported to have died on May 20 in the rural areas of Uttar Dinajpur in West Bengal, not far from the Assam and Bangladesh border.
These birds were confirmed on May 25 to have died of H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
The animal husbandry department formally notified the outbreak of bird flu in the area to the World Organisation of Animal Health(OIE) on May 28. The latest case of avian influenza has occurred around six months after the last outbreak of this disease in Hajo, Rajabazar and Kamrup areas of Assam. About 325 birds had died of H5N1 infection at the time. Besides, over 52,000 birds in a 3 km area around these spots were culled.