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  • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

    Updated list of epicentres at http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...8&postcount=99

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    • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

      Source: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=46337

      Status report on Avian Influenza in Assam and West Bengal as on 1.1.2009
      14:43 IST

      West Bengal

      Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, GOI has notified Avian Influenza Outbreak in Englishbazar block, Malda District of West Bengal on 15.12.2008. Ten days post ? culling, active house-to-house surveillance has been completed and passive surveillance is on.

      Assam

      The first notification of Avian Influenza in Assam was in Hajo block of Kamrup district on 27.11.2008. Since then 17 other epicenters have been notified. The last notification was on 24.12.2008. For the past one week no new centres have been notified.

      Brief of containment operations

      ? Culling activities has been completed in all earlier notified blocks. Mopping up and sanitization are underway. So far a total of 4,32,948 birds have been culled.

      ? A total of 326 Animal Health workers, who were deployed for the culling activity are on Chemoprophylaxis.

      Surveillance

      ? Central government RRTs is covering the epicenters notified on 24.12.2008. They are working with the state RRT teams.

      ? Active house to house surveillance for 10 days post culling/ mopping is over in Rajabazar [Hajo block], Sarpara [Rampur], Central Chick farm [Khanapara] in Kamrup district, Katajhar [Gobardhana block] of Barpeta District, Khelwari Para pt II [Boitamari Block] of Bongaigaon district and Kathla [Paschim Nalbari] of Nalbari District. In these areas passive surveillance is continuing.

      ? In the remaining affected areas active house to house surveillance is being followed in 0-3 km zone In 3-10 km area surveillance is conducted in phases. As per the reports received, a population of 2,58,685 was covered in 0-3 Km area and 1,35,018 in 3-10 km area.

      ? 53 cases of Upper Respiratory Infection [URI] with fever were detected [25 in 0-3 Km and 28 in 3-10 Km]. None of them had history of handling dead or sick birds.

      ? 38 cases of URI with fever in the outpatient department were detected in the identified health facilities.

      ? 808 Health Workers are deployed for surveillance.

      Logistics

      40,000 capsules of Tamiflu, 12,000 surgical masks, 1200 personal protective equipments, 400 N-95 masks, 50 bottles of tamiflu syrup and 8 ventilators have been supplied by MoHFW. Sufficient anti-viral drugs and PPE are in stock with the State Government.

      Communication

      ? Messages to create public awareness are being telecast/ broadcast in local channels and AIR.

      ? Local campaign such as miking and interpersonal communication is followed in all epicenters.

      Monitoring

      ? The situation is being monitored on a daily basis.

      *************


      DS/GK/Flu/429

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      • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

        Highly pathogenic avian influenza, India (1/2/2009) [WAHID Interface - OIE]
        Highly pathogenic avian influenza, India

        Information received on 02/01/2009 from Mr Natarajan Gokulram, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi, India

        -- Summary
        Report type Follow-up report No. 4
        Start date 21/11/2008
        Date of first confirmation of the event 27/11/2008
        Report date 02/01/2009
        Date submitted to OIE 02/01/2009
        Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
        Date of previous occurrence 11/2008
        Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus Serotype H5N1
        Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
        This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
        Related reports
        * Immediate notification (28/11/2008)
        * Follow-up report No. 1 (11/12/2008)
        * Follow-up report No. 2 (17/12/2008)
        * Follow-up report No. 3 (19/12/2008)
        * Follow-up report No. 4 (02/01/2009)

        -- New outbreaks

        - Outbreak 1 - Barhampur, Chalchali Gaonburah Chowk, Nagaon, ASSAM
        Date of start of the outbreak 18/12/2008
        Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
        Epidemiological unit Village
        Affected animals: Species - Susceptible - Cases - Deaths - Destroyed - Slaughtered
        * Birds - 11753 - 22 - 22 - 11731
        Affected population Rural Backyard poultry

        - Outbreak 2 - Hajo, Monakuchi, Kamrup, ASSAM
        Date of start of the outbreak 17/12/2008
        Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
        Epidemiological unit Village
        Affected animals: Species - Susceptible - Cases - Deaths - Destroyed - Slaughtered
        * Birds - 7030 - 75 - 75 - 6955
        Affected population Rural Backyard poultry

        - Outbreak 3 - Chayani Borduar, Rangamati, Urpat Moniari Tiniali, Kamrup, ASSAM
        Date of start of the outbreak 17/12/2008
        Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
        Epidemiological unit Village
        Affected animals: Species - Susceptible - Cases - Deaths - Destroyed - Slaughtered
        * Birds - 5880 - 137 - 137 - 5743
        Affected population Rural Backyard poultry

        - Outbreak 4 - Dhaligaon, Dolaigaon Uzanpara, Bongaigaon, ASSAM
        Date of start of the outbreak 19/12/2008
        Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
        Epidemiological unit Village
        Affected animals: Species - Susceptible - Cases - Deaths - Destroyed - Slaughtered
        * Birds - 2640 - 20 - 20 - 2620
        Affected population Rural Backyard Poultry

        - Outbreak 5 - Tihu Barama, Bardulipara, Baksa, ASSAM
        Date of start of the outbreak 19/12/2008
        Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
        Epidemiological unit Village
        Affected animals: Species - Susceptible - Cases - Deaths - Destroyed - Slaughtered
        * Birds - 135 - 45 - 45 - ...
        Affected population Rural backyard poultry

        -- Summary of outbreaks
        Total outbreaks: 5
        Total animals affected: Species - Susceptible - Cases - Deaths - Destroyed - Slaughtered
        * Birds - 27438 - 299 - 299 - 27049
        Outbreak statistics: Species - Apparent morbidity rate - Apparent mortality rate - Apparent case fatality rate - Proportion susceptible animals lost*
        * Birds - 1.09% - 1.09% - 100.00% - **
        * Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
        ** Not calculated because of missing information

        -- Epidemiology
        Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
        * Unknown or inconclusive

        -- Epidemiological comments
        Epidemiological investigation is ongoing. Stamping out of all domestic poultry is being applied in an approximately 3-km-radius zone around the outbreaks followed by compensation of the owners.
        An intensive surveillance campaign has been launched in a 10-km-radius zone including:
        - closure of poultry markets and prohibition on sale and transportation of poultry products in the infected zone;
        - disinfection of premises after culling and sealing of premises where appropriate.
        Restocking will be applied in accordance with a specific protocol.

        -- Control measures
        Measures applied
        * Stamping out
        * Quarantine
        * Movement control inside the country
        * Screening
        * No vaccination
        * No treatment of affected animals
        Measures to be applied
        * Disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s)
        * Dipping / Spraying

        -- Diagnostic test results
        Laboratory name and type High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal (National laboratory)
        Tests and results: Species - Test - Test date - Result
        * Birds - real-time PCR - 23/12/2008 - Positive
        * Birds - reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) - 23/12/2008 - Positive

        -- Future Reporting
        The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
        -
        <cite cite="http://www.oie.int/wahis/public.php?page=single_report&pop=1&reportid=7647" >WAHID Interface - OIE World Animal Health Information Database</cite>

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        • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

          Follow-up report No.: 4
          Report reference: , OIE Ref: 7647, Report Date: 02/01/2009, Country: India
          Report Summary
          Disease
          Highly pathogenic avian influenza Animal type Terrestrial

          Causal Agent
          Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus Serotype(s) H5N1

          Clinical Signs
          Yes Reason Reoccurrence of a listed disease

          Date of first confirmation of the event
          27/11/2008 Date of Start of Event 21/11/2008

          Date of report
          02/01/2009 Date Submitted To OIE 02/01/2009

          Diagnosis
          Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced) Date Of Last Occurrence 11/2008

          Number Of Reported Outbreaks
          Submitted= 18, Draft= 0 Name of Sender of the report Mr Natarajan Gokulram

          Address
          Dr Rajendra Prasad Road
          Room No 231, Krishi Bhawan
          New Delhi 110001
          New Delhi 110001

          Position
          Secretary to the Government of India

          Telephone
          (91-11) 23 38 26 08

          Fax
          (91-11) 23 38 80 06

          Email
          secyahd@nic.in

          Entered by
          Mr Natarajan Gokulram

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Kamrup Rajabazar Village Hajo 26,2 91,15 21/11/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 52085 324 324 51761 ...
          Affected Population
          backyard poultry mainly in a small village

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Kamrup Rani Village Patgaon 26,2 91,15 28/11/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 18974 682 682 18292 ...
          Affected Population
          backyard poultry mainly in a small village.

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          Printed on: Fri Jan 2 15:47:08 Paris, Madrid 2009 Page 1/6
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Kamrup Rampur Village Sarpara 26,2 91,15 30/11/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 183614 30 30 183584 ...
          Affected Population
          backyard poultry mainly in a small village.

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Barpeta Gobardhana Village Katajhar 26,5 90,39 30/11/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 45708 18 18 45690 ...
          Affected Population
          backyard poultry mainly in a small village.

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Nalbari Pachim Nalbari Village Katla 26 91 30/11/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 16039 75 75 15964 ...
          Affected Population
          backyard poultry mainly in a small village.

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Kamrup Guwahati Farm Khanapara 26,2 91,15 05/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 37769 112 112 37657 ...
          Affected Population
          a chick rearing farm

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Chirang Sidli Chirang Village Nilibari 26,35 90,38 05/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 5879 399 399 5480 ...
          Affected Population
          backyard poultry mainly in a small village.

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Kamrup Bezera Village Jalah 26,2 91,15 06/12/2008
          Follow-up report No.: 4. Report reference: , OIE Ref: 7647, Report Date: 02/01/2009, Country: India
          Printed on: Fri Jan 2 15:47:08 Paris, Madrid 2009 Page 2/6
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 23173 500 500 22673 ...
          Affected Population
          backyard poultry mainly in a small village.

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Dibrugarh Dibrugarh Village Ward No. 6, East Revenue Circle 27,28 95,54 07/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 15628 120 120 15508 ...
          Affected Population
          backyard poultry mainly in a small village.

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          WEST BENGAL Malda Englishbazar Village Englishbazar 25 88,08 13/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 28706 17 11 28695 ...
          Affected Population
          Rural backyard poultry.

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Barpeta Bojali Village Sariha Sakla 26,19 91 15/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 3455 70 70 3385 ...
          Affected Population
          Rural Backyard poultry

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Bongaigaon Boitamari Village Kheluwapara Pt-II 26,28 90,33 15/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 23221 48 48 23173 ...
          Affected Population
          Rural Backyard Poultry

          Outbreak (other report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Kamrup(Metro) Guwahati Village Kharghuli Jaipur, Ward No.37 26,2 91,15 15/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 1704 20 20 1684 ...
          Follow-up report No.: 4. Report reference: , OIE Ref: 7647, Report Date: 02/01/2009, Country: India
          Printed on: Fri Jan 2 15:47:08 Paris, Madrid 2009 Page 3/6
          Affected Population
          Outbreak (this report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Kamrup Monakuchi Village Hajo 26,2 91,15 17/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 7030 75 75 6955 ...
          Affected Population
          Rural Backyard poultry

          Outbreak (this report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Kamrup Rangamati, Urpat Moniari Tiniali Village Chayani Borduar 26,2 91,15 17/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 5880 137 137 5743 ...
          Affected Population
          Rural Backyard poultry

          Outbreak (this report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Nagaon Chalchali Gaonburah Chowk Village Barhampur 26,21 92,41 18/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 11753 22 22 11731 ...
          Affected Population
          Rural Backyard poultry

          Outbreak (this report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Bongaigaon Dolaigaon Uzanpara Village Dhaligaon 26,28 90,33 19/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 2640 20 20 2620 ...
          Affected Population
          Rural Backyard Poultry

          Outbreak (this report - submitted)
          State District Village/Block Unit Type Location Latitude Longitude Start date End Date
          ASSAM Baksa Bardulipara Village Tihu Barama 26,23 90,58 19/12/2008
          Species Measuring units Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds Animals 135 45 45 ... ...
          Affected Population
          Rural backyard poultry
          Follow-up report No.: 4. Report reference: , OIE Ref: 7647, Report Date: 02/01/2009, Country: India
          Printed on: Fri Jan 2 15:47:08 Paris, Madrid 2009 Page 4/6

          Outbreak summary: Total outbreaks = 18 (Submitted)
          Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
          Birds 483393 2714 2708 480595
          Epidemiology
          Epidemiological comments
          Epidemiological investigation is ongoing. Stamping out of all domestic poultry is being applied in an approximately 3-km-radius zone around the outbreaks followed by compensation of the owners.
          An intensive surveillance campaign has been launched in a 10-km-radius zone including:
          - closure of poultry markets and prohibition on sale and transportation of poultry products in the infected zone;
          - disinfection of premises after culling and sealing of premises where appropriate.
          Restocking will be applied in accordance with a specific protocol.
          Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
          ? Unknown or inconclusive

          Control Measures
          ? Stamping out
          Applied
          ? Quarantine
          ? Movement control inside the country
          ? Screening

          To be applied
          ? Disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s)
          ? Dipping / Spraying

          Animals treated
          No

          Vaccination Prohibited
          No

          Country / Zone
          Country or zone
          a zone or compartment

          Diagnostic test results
          Laboratory Type Name of Laboratory Species Test Type Date Results Provided Result
          National laboratory High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal Birds reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 23/12/2008 Positive
          National laboratory High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal Birds real-time PCR 23/12/2008 Positive
          Future Reporting
          What further reports will be submitted in relation to this event?
          There are 18outbreaks that are still recorded as unresolved. It is not possible to declare this event resolved until these individual outbreaks are resolved.
          The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
          Follow-up report No.: 4. Report reference: , OIE Ref: 7647, Report Date: 02/01/2009, Country: India
          Printed on: Fri Jan 2 15:47:09 Paris, Madrid 2009 Page 5/6

          http://www.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_...102_154707.pdf

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          • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

            Updated map

            http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...6,2.807007&z=8

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            • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

              Culling in 7 centres to be over soon
              </B>
              Staff reporter
              GUWAHATI, Jan 3 ? The State Veterinary Department has issued sanitisation certificates against eleven epicentres of the dreaded bird flu to the Government of India. In the rest seven epicentres, culling and consecutive operations are expected to be over within a day or two. Official sources here said that the Government of India has asked the State Government to go for the post-operative surveillance programme (POSP) in the areas where culling and subsequent cleaning operations are over. The Deputy Commissioners of the district have been asked to conduct the POSPs in accordance with the World Organisation of Animal Health. POSPs are expected to start in the bird flu-hit areas at the earliest, said the sources.

              Culling operations are expected to be over in the 3 km radius areas around Chalchali Gaonburhachawk village in Nagaon district. Rangamati, Urput Maniari Tiniali and Manahkuchi in Kamrup district by tomorrow or day after tomorrow.

              However, due to resistance from the people, administration has to requisition the services of the police in Bardulipara area in Baksa district to launch culling operations, said the sources.

              In Nilibari area, culling operations are over and mopping operations are expected to be over there within a day or two.

              Meanwhile, cleaning and dis-infection operations are over in the Doloigaon Uzanpara areas in Bogaigaon district, said the sources.

              Government of India observers Dr D Biswas, Dr Sukumar Banerjee, Dr P P Pant, Dr S Manna, Dr K Ali and Dr Kalyan Roy are overseeing the operations in the bird flu-hit areas as Central Observers, said the sources.

              Till January 2 evening, the State Government has paid an amount of Rs 1,62,45,109 to the affected farmers as compensation. Till last evening, 4,83,883 poultry were culled and 1,62,724 eggs and 12,761 kgs of poultry feed were destroyed in the bird flu-hit areas, said the sources.

              http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/...d=jan0409/at09

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              • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

                Source: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=46379

                Monday, January 05, 2009
                Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

                Status Report on Avian Influenza in Assam and West Bengal as on 4.01.09
                12:3 IST

                West Bengal

                Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has notified a new epicenter-village Binay Krishnapally in Mathegara block of Darjeeling district on 2nd January 2009. On receiving information from that Department, MOHFW has deputed Central Team to assist the State Government in containment operations.

                Assam

                Since the first notification of Avian Influenza in Assam on 27.11.2008, 17 other epicenters, spread over eight districts have been notified. The last notification was on 24.12.2008. For the past eight days no new centres have been notified.

                Brief of containment operations

                ? So far a total of 4,62,670 birds have been culled.

                ? A total of 455 Animal Health workers, who were deployed for the culling activity are on Chemoprophylaxis.

                Surveillance

                ? Central government RRTs is covering the epicenters notified on 24.12.2008. They are working with the state RRT teams.

                ? Active house to house surveillance for 10 days post culling/ mopping is over in earlier notified areas. In these areas passive surveillance is continuing.

                ? In the remaining affected areas notified on 16th and 24th Dec. 2008 active house to house surveillance is being followed in 0-3 km zone In 3-10 km area surveillance is conducted in phases. As per the reports received, a population of 4,08,819 was covered in 0-3 Km area and 1,64,763 in 3-10 km area.

                ? 26 cases of Upper Respiratory Infection [URI] with fever were detected [21 in 0-3 Km and 5 in 3-10 Km]. None of them had history of handling dead or sick birds.

                ? 33 cases of URI with fever in the outpatient department were detected in the identified health facilities.

                ? 836 Health Workers are deployed for surveillance (as on 03.01.09).

                Logistics

                40,000 capsules of Tamiflu, 12,000 surgical masks, 1200 personal protective equipments, 400 N-95 masks, 50 bottles of tamiflu syrup and 8 ventilators have been supplied by MoHFW. Sufficient anti-viral drugs and PPE are in stock with the State Government.

                Communication

                ? Messages to create public awareness are being telecast/ broadcast in local channels and AIR.

                ? Local campaign such as miking and interpersonal communication is followed in all epicenters.

                Monitoring

                ? The situation is being monitored on a daily basis.

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                • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

                  Avian Flu in Hills

                  Statesman News Service

                  KOLKATA, Jan. 8: Despite the on-going impasse in the Darjeeling hills because of the Gorkhaland movement, the state animal resources development department has decided to step up surveillance on poultry birds in the hill areas after presence of bird flu virus was confirmed on 6 January.

                  The state ARD officials had ordered culling of poultry birds in Takdah located in the hills of Darjeeling as soon as presence of H5N1 virus was clinically confirmed. Now, with the law and order situation deteriorating in the hills, the decision to cull the poultry birds with the clinical confirmation appears to have been a wise one. As laboratory confirmation of bird flu virus took a few days, it could have been spread in a vast area if culling had not been ordered based on the clinical confirmation.

                  The state had earlier urged the Centre to help carrying out surveillance on poultry birds in the Darjeeling hills saying state officials were facing serious problems owing to the agitation launched by Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha. Senior ARD officials said while they are yet to receive any response from the Centre in this regard they have decided to strengthen the vigilance in the area.

                  ?That does not mean we were not carrying out surveillance earlier in the area. But as presence of bird flu has been confirmed in the hills, we have to be more alert so that the spread of the virus could be stopped,? said an official.

                  A few senior officials also informed that they would get in touch with the Centre once again so that they can secure help from Central experts while carrying out surveillance of poultry birds in the hills.

                  http://www.thestatesman.org/page.new...ss=1&id=239365

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                  • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

                    Chicken back in business despite confusion over bird flu
                    Guwahati: Chicken shops in Assam on Saturday returned back to business as the State Government lifted the ban on sale of poultry products just three days before the biggest festival of Assam, the Bihu.
                    The Assam Government issued an official notification on Friday night following which poultry shops were seeing brisk sale since Saturday morning after remaining out of business for the past two months.
                    Commissioner of the Animal Husbandry department Shyam Mewra issued the order signalling the end of the trauma for the poultry farmers.
                    However, Kamrup (Metro) ADC C K Bhuyan informed this afternoon that they had not received any order so far, but only the wireless message of the State Government.
                    Meanwhile, the order withdrawing the sale ban could be seen pasted on every chicken shop of Guwahati.
                    The poultry farmers were facing a hard time after losing out on the high demand season as the sale was banned from November 17 after outbreak of bird flu near Guwahati city.
                    According to the poultry farmers association, a staggering Rs 18 crore had been lost since sale of chicken has been banned since November 17.
                    Notably, according to a statement issued by the state veterinary department, over five lakh birds have been culled and a total compensation of Rs 1.67 crore has been paid.
                    However, what worried the buyers today in Guwahati city was that all the chicken available in the market was full grown and mature, casting a shadow over the genuineness of the culling operation in and around Guwahati where bird flu was detected.
                    Moreover, the Government's order on Friday night did not specify the reason behind the withdrawal of the order, nor has it declared Assam bird flu-free.
                    However there were no reports of any fresh incidence of bird flu from any part of the state in the past one week.
                    No unusual mortality was reported from any part of the state since December 24, state Veterinary Minister Khor Sing Engti informed the Assembly in a written reply on Wednesday.
                    Of the total birds killed, 3.32 lakh were from 250 commercial farms and rest from backyard poultry farms, Mr Engti said.
                    To combat spread of bird flu infection the Government had taken steps as per action plan of the Centre and it included culling of poultry and ducks within the three km radius of epicentre where bird flu was detected, he said. (UNI) http://www.theshillongtimes.com/
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                    • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

                      Assam declared bird flu-free, chicken back in market
                      Guwahati, Jan 10:Assam has been declared free of bird flu and the ban on sale of poultry products has been lifted, according to an official notification issued by the state government last night.
                      Commissioner of Assam government's Animal Husbandry department Shyam Mewra issued the order which came as a sigh of relief to the poultry farmers.
                      The government order did not specify the reason behind the withdrawal of the order. However, there were no reports of any fresh outbreak of bird flu from any part of the state in the past one week.
                      According to the poultry farmers association a staggering Rs 18 crore had been lost since sale of chickens was banned on November 17.
                      Nearly 4.34 lakh birds, including commercial and backyard poultry, were culled till last week, state Veterinary Minister Kher Sing Engti said on Wednesday.
                      No unusual mortality of birds was reported from any part of the state since December 24, Engti informed the Assembly in a written reply.
                      Of the total birds killed, 3.32 lakh were from 250 commercial farms and rest from backyard poultry farms, he added.
                      To combat spread of bird flu the government had taken steps as per action plan of the Centre and it included culling of poultry and ducks within the three km radius of the epicentre where bird flu was detected, he said.http://www.northeasttribune.com/7689.htm
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                      • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

                        Source: http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/...d=jan1309/at05

                        State lifts ban on poultry with conditions
                        Staff Reporter

                        GUWAHATI, Jan 12 ? The State Government has asked the Deputy Commissioners of the districts to lift the ban on sale of poultry and poultry products on some conditions. The notification for the purpose has been issued by the Veterinary Commissioner of the State in accordance with the guidelines of the Government of India, said official sources here.

                        The ban on sale of poultry and poultry products was imposed in many districts in the wake of outbreak of bird flu in various parts of the State, which was detected gradually since November 27 last.

                        The conditions laid by the Government for lifting the ban include ? the districts which have not witness outbreak of the disease in their poultry populations, but, the poultry and poultry products on sale not originating from the affected areas and such products not coming through the 3 km radius of the epicentres of the disease. However, the authorities concerned should ensure origin of such poultry and poultry products by seeking certificates of origin from the traders.

                        Prohibitory orders on the sale of poultry and poultry products will be on in the districts where culling, mopping and cleaning operations are on. Sources said that the ban on sale of poultry and poultry products originating from Chirang and Baksa districts would remain in place.

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                        • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

                          Chicken back in business, confusion prevails over bird flu

                          Guwahati, Jan 15 : The festive markets of Assam are witnessing brisk sale of chicken even as two separate organs of the Assam government are still in conflict over the allowance of sale of poultry products.

                          Despite culling operations still on in at least three nearby districts of Guwahati, sale of chicken has been allowed all over Assam, including in the biggest market here, by the state veterinary department, which has infuriated the district administration as they issued official statement saying that no sale was allowed.

                          Meanwhile, confusion prevailed among the masses as the chicken traders were seen in hectic activity, trying to make up for the losses since the chicken sale was banned on November 17.

                          Commissioner of Assam government's Animal Husbandry department Shyam Mewra had issued an official notification on January 11, signalling the end of the trauma for the poultry farmers.

                          However, Kamrup (Metro) ADC C K Bhuyan informed that neither had they had received the order nor were they withdrawing the ban. But the withdrawal order of the Veterinary department could be seen pasted outside every chicken shop in Guwahati.

                          According to the poultry farmers association a staggering Rs 18 crore had been lost since sale of chicken was banned on November 17.

                          Notably, according to a statement issued by the state veterinary department, over five lakh chickens have been culled and a total compensation of Rs 1.67 crore was paid.

                          But what stunned the buyers at Guwahati city was that all the chicken available in the market was full grown and mature, casting a shadow over the genuineness of the culling operation in and around Guwahati where bird flu was detected.

                          However, there were no reports of any fresh outbreak of bird flu from any part of the state in the past one week. Nearly 5.64 lakh birds, including commercial and backyard poultry, were culled till yesterday, an official communiqu? said.

                          The statement also said 17 Rapid Reaction Teams are still functioning in lower Assam, disposing of the diseased birds. No unusual mortality was reported from any part of the state since December 24. Of the total birds killed, 3.32 lakh were from 250 commercial farms while the rest were from backyard poultry farms.

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                          • Re: India: Assam, AVIAN INFLUENZA A/H5N1 IN POULTRY (December 2008+)

                            India: Avian influenza has spread to the north-east India

                            2-11-09

                            The Indian authorities have destroyed 200 000 chickens in the Northeastern state of Assam in the next two days at the rejection to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Health care workers and experts on avian influenza watched about a hundred people with symptoms of viral infection. The patients in the six areas of Guwahati, the main city of Assam, a center of production of oil and tea, showed signs of respiratory infection and lihorodka - symptoms typical of infection of H5N1 avian influenza strain in humans. But while officials have not confirmed cases of H5N1 infection in humans.

                            Health workers spend podvornye rounds in Guwahati in order to identify people with symptoms of infection. Veterinary services have destroyed nearly 350 000 chickens and ducks, more than 160 000 eggs, and thousands of kilograms of poultry feed, since last month. Rejecting the birds and spread to two neighboring villages in the state of Guwahati Megalit, where last month in birds has also been detected influenza virus. The authorities have the task of destruction of 200 000 birds in the area over the next 2 days. ?While cases of avian influenza in the state Megalit have been identified, we will be holding a bird with rejecting preventive purpose" - he said SF Hongvir, the head of state.

                            The authorities reported that some landlords do not obey orders, and conceal their birds and their eggs from destruction. On Saturday arrested a surgeon - a veterinarian after the police and veterinary services discovered and seized more than 2 500 hens, hidden in his home.

                            The Indian authorities, along with other safety measures against the spread of the virus to people, including thousands of capsules drug Tamiflu and surgical masks, to urgently transferred to the region, three more Ventilator, bringing their number to five.

                            So far, about cases of people in India are not reported, but experts are concerned about the possibility of mutation of H5N1, or combining it with the highly contagious seasonal influenza virus with a pandemic, which could prove fatal to millions of people. Since the emergence of the virus in Asia in 2003, it killed more than 200 people in 12 countries. WHO has identified the most massive in the Indian outbreak of avian flu in the neighboring state of West Bengal in January last year when it was destroyed 4 million birds.

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