Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Get news updates:
Mobile Downloads
Text 67333
Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this Article

Home > News > PTI

US offers help to contain bird flu outbreak in WB

January 28, 2008 18:00 IST

The United States has offered help to India in containing the bird flu outbreak in West Bengal by providing preventive drug Tamiflu and protective gear to personnel involved in culling and other operations.

The US government has offered to check the availability of Tamiflu syrup for children from worldwide stocks, provide technical support for human surveillance, diagnosis, and preparedness and technical support for animal surveillance and culling.

"We have an experience that it (bird flu) moves very quickly so it needs to be tackled fast. No case has come across of human beings having contracted the disease. But it has to be nipped in the bud before it moves forward," said US Ambassador to India David Mulford.

The offer is for technical devices, equipment and Tamiflu, he said, noting that the United States was "very concerned about the problem".

"We made an offer a few days ago. We are in touch with laboratories," Mulford said, adding that help can be extended directly or through non governmental organisations.

© Copyright 2008 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.