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After avian virus, anthrax scare in Bengal

February 01, 2008 23:41 IST
Dreaded anthrax seems to be knocking at the doors of West Bengal, which is already battling the outbreak of bird flu.

Signs of anthrax have been found in Malda district of the state with some domestic animals reportedly falling prey to the disease.

District Magistrate Chitta Ranjan Das on Friday said suspected anthrax had claimed about nine cattleheads in the past eight days at English Bazaar locality.

A mysterious disease also killed some 2,000 wild bees in an abandoned houseĀ in
the same locality, creating panic among local residents, Das said.

Samples have been sent to Bhopal's Animals Diseases Laboratory for tests, the District Magistrate said.

Meanwhile, bird flu scare continued to haunt the Gajole block in the district as about 132 chickens died in the past 24 hours.

Around 86,000 chicken have died in Chanchol block in the district.