Monday, December 5, 2011

Death of crows and chicks trigger #birdflu alarm

Death of crows and chicks trigger bird flu alarm

PTI | 05:12 PM,Dec 05,2011
Agartala, Dec 5 (PTI) The death of a few crows and chicks triggered alarm of an outbreak of avian flu at Teliamura in West Tripura district, but the authorities ruled out the possibility. Two crows and seven chicks were found dead during the past 24 hours triggering panic of bird flu at Kalyanpur in entire Teliamura subdivision, officials said here today. "Initial inputs rule out possibility of avian flu outbreak," Director of Animal Resource Development department, Manoranjan Sarkar, said after a team of the District Investigation Laboratory headed by Shyamal Dasgupta, collected samples. "The death of chicks, birds and ducks is common during winter, but we don't want to take any chance and would follow the guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Animal Husbandry," he said. "The team will conduct autopsy of the dead birds on the spot and get back to me," he said.

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