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    Bird flu: Culling on in Assam

    Guwahati (PTI): Culling operations were on in birdflu-hit Assam even as the administration launched a massive campaign to make people aware about the disease.

    "Culling operations are on at large scale in all the six affected districts even as a massive publicity campaign including announcement by loudspeakers have been launched to make people aware of the do's and dont's of the disease," Shyam Mewara, Commissioner Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, told PTI here on Sunday.

    He said compensation has been paid to the affected poultry breeders and so far Rs 97 lakh has been given by the state government.

    Confirming there was no report of birdflu among humans, the commissioner said precautionary measures were on and care was being taken to prevent the spread of the disease to new areas.

    The government ban on sale and movement of poultry products was on.

    Official sources said that nearly 100 persons from Hajo, Rampur and Azara blocks who were suffering from upper respiratory tract infection were being kept under surveillance.

    Two districts of Kamrup, rural and metro, of which the capital city of Guwahati is a part, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang and Dibrugarh districts have been affected by the virus.


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