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Centre confirms bird flu outbreak in 2 WB districts

January 15, 2008 15:34 IST

The Central government on Tuesday confirmed an outbreak of bird flu in two districts of West Bengal, a day after the state government declared an alert in the area.

"Samples have been tested positive," a government official said.

The samples of the dead birds had been sent to High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal to find out whether the death of poultry was due to Avian Influenza, commonly known as Bird Flu [Images].

"It is a localised occurrence of bird flu in the two districts of West Bengal namely Birbhum and South Dinajpur," the official said.

The Centre as a precautionary measure had restricted trade and movement of poultry birds in these two districts.

The Health Ministry had on Monday dispatched a team from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases to West Bengal.

The parallel samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

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