India Confirms New Outbreak of Bird Flu
Just days ahead of festival seasons there is bad news for Poultry business in India. Already suffering from global recession the news of new bird flu in eastern India will put a dampener on the hopes of abrisk sales for the poultry industry. Authorities in India have confirmed outbreak of Bird Flu.
Reports of bird deaths are pouring in at an alarming rate, with villagers claiming that 3,500 chickens have died. Sale and consumption of chicken has been restricted in the affected areas.
Authorities in eastern India on Tuesday confirmed a fresh outbreak of bird flu after thousands of chickens were found dead and as another state struggled to bring the virus under control.
Laboratory tests have confirmed that the birds in West Bengal state died of the deadly infection, secretary of animal resources development department Dilip Chakraborty said in local capital Kolkata.
Culling would begin on Wednesday, the government said.
Health authorities in the state had to kill five million poultry to control the virus earlier this year when India battled its worst bird flu outbreak.
The virus spread to 14 of the 19 districts in West Bengal, which has a population of more than 80 million. However, no human case was reported.
Officials in the northeast state of Assam have already killed 250,000 chickens in the past two weeks to control the spread
of the infection, which had sparked fears of a human case after many people were reported sick.