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    http://147.208.132.198/onlineCDA/PFV...0900030001.htm
    Avian flu virus detected in samples at Belgachhia

    Subhendu Maiti

    Kolkata, February 19, 2007

    The deadly H5N1 avian flu virus has been detected in the serum of about 12 samples of chicks in the blood test conducted at the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RDDL) at Belgachhia in the city last week.

    The blood samples were collected from poultry birds in the state-run Golapbag pouotry farm in Burdwan town soon after bird flu cases were reported in a European country and then in neighbouring Pakistan.

    This is the first time samples tested positive in Bengal since the deadly disease hit Jalgaon of Maharashtra exactly one year ago.

    The serum test report has sent shock waves among the scientists of Belgachhia RDDL, sole well-equipped laboratory in the entire eastern India for confirmation of avian flu virus among poultry birds.

    It was learnt that the RDDL authority has sent the samples along with their lab test report to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) to Bhopal for final confirmation.

    Dr Dilip Das, director of the state animal resource development (ARD) told the Hindustan Times, "We have got H5N1 positive in serum of several samples of poultry birds during eliza tests at RDDL. We have sent the serum samples along with our lab test report to the HSADL in Bhopal for confirmation. We are waiting for their report. Right now there is no case of birds dying due to the H5N1 attack anywhere in the state. As a result, there is no reason to create panic. It will affect the poultry industry."

    Das said, "We have started eliza tests on blood samples at Belgachhia lab since January 19. The Central government has given us kits for the test."

    Some officials of the state animal resource and development department said that the blood samples were collected from poultry birds in the Golapbag area of Burdwan town soon after the bird flu case was reported in a European country and then in neighbouring Pakistan.

    Golapbag is one of biggest government-run poultry farms in the state. Huge quantities of chickens are supplied to markets across the state from the poultry farm regularly.

    "During the past couple of weeks serum of about 100 poultry birds were tested in Belgachhia RDDL with the kits supplied by the Central Government. Most of the samples tested negative while only the 12 samples collected from Golapbag showed the avian flu virus positive reports. This prompted us to keep watch on poultry birds at Golapbag. We are taking stock of the situation at Golapbag poultry farm every day since the H5N1 strain was found in the samples," one of the officials said.

    He said, "We will get the HSADL report within one week because the lab is overburdened with about 4000 to 5000 samples from different states every week."

    It was learnt that three RDDL scientists Dr AG Bandopadhaya, Dr Tushar Pal and Dr Gurucharan Dutta had attended a meeting with the top officials of animal resource development wing under the agriculture ministry in Delhi last week to discuss about precautionary measures on bird flu threat in the country.

    The Centre has asked the RDDL authority to form two special teams comprising four bird flu experts each in order to take preventive measures if the deadly disease hit any state of the eastern region.

    The official said that some members of the two teams have the on-the-spot experience on how to combat bird flu when it had landed in Jalgaon in January in 2006.

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    Re: H5N1 detected in poultry in eastern India

    Whoops! Well spotted, Sharpe. Thanks!
    ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sherlock Holmes

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      Re: H5N1 detected in poultry in eastern India

      Originally posted by Theresa42 View Post
      Whoops! Well spotted, Sharpe. Thanks!
      It was actually pointed out to me by someone.

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        ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sherlock Holmes

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          <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=468 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=t10>Avian flu virus detected in samples at Belgachhia

          Subhendu Maiti

          Kolkata, February 19, 2007
          </TD></TR><TR><TD class=sttxt vAlign=top align=left><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=190 align=left border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=180><TR><TD colSpan=2></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>The deadly H5N1 avian flu virus has been detected in the serum of about 12 samples of chicks in the blood test conducted at the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RDDL) at Belgachhia in the city last week.

          The blood samples were collected from poultry birds in the state-run Golapbag poultry farm in Burdwan town soon after bird flu cases were reported in a European country and then in neighbouring Pakistan.

          This is the first time samples tested positive in Bengal since the deadly disease hit Jalgaon of Maharashtra exactly one year ago.

          The serum test report has sent shock waves among the scientists of Belgachhia RDDL, sole well-equipped laboratory in the entire eastern India for confirmation of avian flu virus among poultry birds.

          It was learnt that the RDDL authority has sent the samples along with their lab test report to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) to Bhopal for final confirmation.

          Dr Dilip Das, director of the state animal resource development (ARD) told the Hindustan Times, "We have got H5N1 positive in serum of several samples of poultry birds during eliza tests at RDDL. We have sent the serum samples along with our lab test report to the HSADL in Bhopal for confirmation. We are waiting for their report. Right now there is no case of birds dying due to the H5N1 attack anywhere in the state. As a result, there is no reason to create panic. It will affect the poultry industry."

          Das said, "We have started eliza tests on blood samples at Belgachhia lab since January 19. The Central government has given us kits for the test."

          Some officials of the state animal resource and development department said that the blood samples were collected from poultry birds in the Golapbag area of Burdwan town soon after the bird flu case was reported in a European country and then in neighbouring Pakistan.

          Golapbag is one of biggest government-run poultry farms in the state. Huge quantities of chickens are supplied to markets across the state from the poultry farm regularly.

          "During the past couple of weeks serum of about 100 poultry birds were tested in Belgachhia RDDL with the kits supplied by the Central Government. Most of the samples tested negative while only the 12 samples collected from Golapbag showed the avian flu virus positive reports. This prompted us to keep watch on poultry birds at Golapbag. We are taking stock of the situation at Golapbag poultry farm every day since the H5N1 strain was found in the samples," one of the officials said.

          He said, "We will get the HSADL report within one week because the lab is overburdened with about 4000 to 5000 samples from different states every week."

          It was learnt that three RDDL scientists Dr AG Bandopadhaya, Dr Tushar Pal and Dr Gurucharan Dutta had attended a meeting with the top officials of animal resource development wing under the agriculture ministry in Delhi last week to discuss about precautionary measures on bird flu threat in the country.

          The Centre has asked the RDDL authority to form two special teams comprising four bird flu experts each in order to take preventive measures if the deadly disease hit any state of the eastern region.

          The official said that some members of the two teams have the on-the-spot experience on how to combat bird flu when it had landed in Jalgaon in January in 2006.
          Email Subhendu Maiti: subhendu.maiti@hindustantimes.com
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          http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/1...0900030001.htm

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            Re: H5N1 detected in poultry in eastern India

            Commentary at

            http://www.recombinomics.com/News/02..._India_NE.html

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              Re: H5N1 detected in poultry in eastern India

              <big><big>Commentary</big></big>

              H5N1 In Northeastern India
              Recombinomics Commentary
              February 19, 2007


              The deadly H5N1 avian flu virus has been detected in the serum of about 12 samples of chicks in the blood test conducted at the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RDDL) at Belgachhia in the city last week.

              The blood samples were collected from poultry birds in the state-run Golapbag pouotry farm in Burdwan town soon after bird flu cases were reported in a European country and then in neighbouring Pakistan.

              This is the first time samples tested positive in Bengal since the deadly disease hit Jalgaon of Maharashtra exactly one year ago.

              The serum test report has sent shock waves among the scientists of Belgachhia RDDL, sole well-equipped laboratory in the entire eastern India for confirmation of avian flu virus among poultry birds.

              It was learnt that the RDDL authority has sent the samples along with their lab test report to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) to Bhopal for final confirmation.

              Dr Dilip Das, director of the state animal resource development (ARD) told the Hindustan Times, "We have got H5N1 positive in serum of several samples of poultry birds during eliza tests at RDDL. We have sent the serum samples along with our lab test report to the HSADL in Bhopal for confirmation.

              The above comments describe the detection of H5N1 in northeastern India just north of Cacutta. H5N1 was detected last year at this time in western India near Bombay. H5N1 in northeastern India is not a surprise. The Qinghai strain of H5N1 was detected at Qinghia Lake in May, 2005. Many of the birds at Qinghai Lake in the spring winter on the northern plains of India. Although India fail to find H5N1 in wild birds last year, the return of H5N1 to Qinghai province in the spring of 2006 strongly suggests H5N1 was in India last winter and this winter.

              H5N1 sequences from last year’s outbreak were released. Although HA and MP sequences were of the Qinghai strain, the N1 sequence was an exact march of H5N1 found in poultry in China, defining reassortment. These data suggest H5N1 levels in India were high and it is likely that H5N1 was widespread.

              The H5N1 described above is about 150 miles from mysterious deaths in northwestern Bengladesh, raising additional concerns that the fatal human cluster may be related to the detection of H5N1 in India.

              More information on this outbreak, including sequences, would be interesting. Like last year, H5N1 is being reported with increasing frequency in countries west of China, as expected from migration of the Qinghai H5N1. Reporting significantly lags the introduction of H5N1, and many countries fail to find the H5N1 in wild birds prior to the detection of outbreaks in domestic poultry.

              It is expected that the H5N1 in India will be the Qinghai strain, and additional countries will be reporting H5N1 outbreaks in February and March.

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                <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=articleheader>Chicken prices soar as supply plummets

                </TD></TR><TR><TD class=articleauthor>OUR CORRESPONDENT</TD></TR><TR><TD class=story align=left>
                Jamshedpur, Feb. 19: After vegetables, it is the price of chicken that is giving people a run for their money.

                Sources in the poultry business here said in the last few days the sale in poultry products has fallen by 20 to 30 per cent.
                Till last week, broiler chicken was selling between Rs 45 and Rs 50 per kg and eggs were being sold at Rs 23 per dozen. The present rate for a broiler chicken is between Rs 65 and Rs 70 while a dozen eggs cost about Rs 28.
                Rajendra Singh, a poultry retailer in Sakchi, said: “Against the normal supply of four quintals of broiler chicken, we are placing order for two quintals since the past couple of days, after the hike in the prices. The price of broilers (which mainly comes from Midnapore district in Bengal) has risen to Rs 65 in the retail market (from Rs 50) and Rs 60 in the wholesale market (from Rs 55).”
                Prices of hens have risen from Rs 90 to Rs 110 in the retail market. Expressing apprehension at the hike, he said the prices of broiler chickens and hens are likely to increase further.
                The reason for the hike in the prices of poultry products is being attributed to the bird flu scare.
                Mohammad Khurshid, a wholesaler trader, said: “Last year the bird flu scare had hit around this time. Keeping this in mind, poultry owners have reduced production. This resulted in a scarcity of chickens and the prices rose.
                “Moreover, there is a rumour that a private player has acquired the poultry business, which has resulted in such a situation.” The hike in cost of eggs followed the increase in chicken prices.
                Mohammad Nasir, a retailer, said: “Egg prices have leapfrogged by about 25 per cent due to the crisis. This hike can only covers production costs, with room for marginal profit.”
                The present crisis, he added, can also be attributed to the ban on import of chicken and closure of some poultry farms in the periphery of the city, including Haldipokhar and Gamharia, because of the bird flu panic.
                Last year, a number of poultry farmers had killed their birds, which lead to a scarcity, due to the avian flu panic. They were forced to sell poultry at Rs 15 per kg.


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                http://novel-infectious-diseases.blogspot.com/

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                  <TABLE class=TableClas cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=heading>India heedless as avian flu spreads in Pak</TD></TR><TR><TD height=11></TD></TR><TR><TD class=author>Surinder Sud / New Delhi February 20, 2007</TD></TR><TR><TD height=4></TD></TR><TR><TD style="BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(/images/common/gn_005.gif); BACKGROUND-REPEAT: repeat-x"></TD></TR><TR><TD height=9></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE class=TableClas cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>Poultry experts feel that the threat of recurrence of the dreaded bird flu is not yet over though it is too late to take any preventive action now. </TD></TR><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD>“The risk of bird flu outbreak could have been averted by vaccinating all the birds on the major routes followed by migratory birds in flying back. But such a measure now would not work as it takes 6 to 8 weeks for the immunity to develop after vaccination”, said Poultry Federation of India (PFI) chief Shashi Kapur. </TD></TR><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD>“Now, we can only pray for the country to remain unaffected by this malady,” he added. </TD></TR><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD>Highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu), caused by contagious H5N1 virus, has resurfaced in several countries, including neighbouring Pakistan, since the beginning of 2007. </TD></TR><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD>This has caused global concern over the potential losses to the poultry sector as well as the danger of the H5N1 virus mutating into a form that can afflict human beings with a flu pandemic. </TD></TR><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD>In Pakistan, H5N1 infection was recently detected among the household poultry birds and peacocks in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Mansehra areas. Migratory birds were believed to have been the source of this infection. </TD></TR><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD>Though the disease has been more or less contained in these areas, further spread of the virus through wild birds is not ruled out. This has also posed a threat to India as the birds cannot be prevented from flying across the borders. </TD></TR><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD>Kapur said the peak risk period for the appearance of bird flu in India was over as the migratory winged visitors had begun flying back. But the next 20 to 30 days were still critical, he maintained. </TD></TR><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD>He said the PFI had repeatedly urged the government to take preventive steps by vaccinating the birds in the areas falling in the migratory routes. The government had not offered any reasons for not doing so. </TD></TR><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD>The bird flu outbreak last year and the panic created by it among poultry consumers had crippled the poultry industry. The losses to the industry on this account were estimated at between Rs 15,000 crore and Rs 20,000 crore. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

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                  Last edited by Laidback Al; February 20th, 2007, 11:14 AM.
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