Bird flu spread through India

Jan 17, 2008

Avian influenza among poultry in India spread to new districts as animal control officials struggled to contain the outbreak.

Reports in the last 24 hours suggested bird flu spread to the Birbhum and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal as culling in several districts continued, the Press Trust of India said Thursday.

Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rahaman said reports of poultry deaths in surrounding areas emerged though officials reported no bird flu symptoms.

Government reports suggest the culling of 26,000 birds took place, though region figures cite just more than 4,500 birds killed.

Rahaman said villagers opposed handing their birds over for culling because they wanted cash instead of government certificates of compensation.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Bacteria blamed in indigenous Mexican baby deaths

Related Stories

Cutting through the rhetoric on hunters vs. wildlife

Jan 22, 2014

The recent Timemagazine cover story "America's Pest Problem (Time to Cull the Herd)" pairs a provocative headline with a photograph of a slender white-tailed doe in a dewy wood. Although not a regular re ...

Recommended for you

Bacteria blamed in indigenous Mexican baby deaths

5 hours ago

Bacteria—and not a contaminated vaccine as initially suspected—were to blame for the recent deaths of two Mexican babies and for sickening 29 others, according to an official investigation.

Explainer: What is Chagas disease?

May 22, 2015

According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), in a Los Angeles clinic treating patients with heart failure, about 20% of Latin American patients have Chagas disease. What is that?, y ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.