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M'rashtra starts culling chickens

This is being done to check the spread of deadly virus in Nandurbar district.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 13:51 IST

Authorities in Maharashtra have started culling over eight lakh chickens and vaccinating another two lakh.

This is being done to stop the spread of the deadly avian flu virus in Navapur tehsil of Nandurbar district, sources said in Mumbai on Sunday.

The authorities are monitoring any possible infection to humans, the sources said adding that local body and district officials were engaged in the operation against spread of the disease.

Sources said some poultry owners in Nandurbar district had started culling the birds since last night.

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh spoke to Animal Husbandry Minister Anees Ahmed and Public Health Minister Dr Vimal Mundada.

The Chief Minister instructed them to take steps to check the spread of the disease, the sources said.

Mundada said health department officials would be conducting house-to-house survey to find if anybody was affected by the disease.

Twenty medical teams have been assigned this task, she added.

First Published: Feb 19, 2006 11:02 IST