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Bird flu confirmed in Jehanabad: Official

Press Trust of India  |  Jehanabad 

After and Banka, outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed in this central district with samples of crows found dead here testing positive for the H5N1 virus, an said on Monday.

However, no humans have been found to be afflicted with the disease in any part of the state so far.

According to Civil Surgeon, Dilip Kumar, more than a dozen crows were found dead inside the collectorate premises here on February 1, following which samples of two dead birds were sent for testing at a lab in

"The samples tested positive following which we have directed the animal husbandry department to collect samples from poultry farms and send these to to ascertain whether the virus has afflicted other birds, he said.

"As a preventive measure, bleaching powder is being sprayed at various places including the collectorate. An isolation ward has been set up at the which would be manned by a team of medical professionals equipped to conduct tests on any person complaining of symptoms related to bird flu, he added.

Moreover, adequate supply of medicines for treating avian has been ensured at the Sadar hospital, he added.

The outbreak of bird flu was first confirmed in the last week of December in district following which thousands of birds were culled as a preventive measure in the affected villages.

Later, the virus was found to have afflicted birds in the adjoining district leading to culling of birds there also.

A couple of dead peacocks were also found to be afflicted with the virus at the which has been shut since as sanitisation of the sprawling campus and collection of samples for testing at the for High Security Animal Diseases in is underway.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 23:25 IST