Avian flu puts India on alert

In the first outbreak of bird flu in India, 8 people were admitted to a hospital with suspected deadly avian virus.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 02:35 IST

In the first outbreak of bird flu in India, eight people were on Saturday admitted to a hospital with suspected deadly avian virus after 50,000 birds had died in Nandurbar and Dhule districts of Maharashtra.

As the presence of virus was confirmed, about two lakh chickens were slaughtered and buried in the two districts.

TheHigh Security Animal Disease Laboratoryin Bhopal, where poultry samples were sent, confirmed that eight of them had strains of H5N1 virus that had claimed nearly100 livesin east Asia a few years ago.

With the threat of the spread of virus growing, the authorities ordered slaughtering of the poultry in the three km radius around the poultry farms in Navapur where the confirmed cases were detected.

Eight persons admitted

At least eight persons were admitted to government hospital in Navapur and about 80 blood samples were sent to laboratory for test, health officials said in Dhule, health officials said.

They said about two lakh chickens were exterminated and buried in Navapur, where majority of the poultries are located, they said.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 17:13 IST