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  • Bird flu spreads to fresh areas in two districts

    Kolkata (PTI): Bird flu spread to new blocks in Murshidabad and Nadia districts even as culling operations continued on a tardy pace in five other affected districts on Wednesday.

    Nadia District Magistrate Omkar Singh Meena said the virus spread to Haringhata and Nakhashipara blocks. An action plan was being prepared for these two areas. Culling, however, was on in other affected areas.

    In Murshidabad district, the disease spread to Galsir-1 block, district officials said. Eight other blocks have already been affected in the district.

    No culling has been undertaken in Malda district due to shortage of staff, said Deputy Director of Animal Resource Development department, N K Shit. The district was declared affected on Monday.

    Villagers feared bird flu might spread to bordering North Dinajpur district if no culling was undertaken immediately.

    Only 800 chicken were culled in Bankura district so far, officials said.

    Due to a dispute between the administration of Kalna and Katwa, no action has taken so far to control the disease in eight villages under Purbastahli block in Bardhaman district.

    District Magistrate Subir Chatterjee had to intervene in the matter and has asked Katwa administration to cull birds on Wednesday. Meanwhile, about 700 chicken died in Bardhaman town on Tuesday night.

    A Central team arrived in Birbhum district on Wednesday morning even as death of chicken was reported from Howrah district bordering Kolkata.

    Slow pace of culling has also been reported from Bankura district.


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