Bird Flu Outbreak in India

NEW DELHI—The Indian government Friday confirmed an outbreak of bird flu, or avian influenza, in the northeastern state of Tripura.

The government said the flu was reported from a state-run duck farm in Agartala, the capital city of Tripura, and that it has ordered culling the entire poultry population within a radius of three kilometers of the site where the disease has been confirmed to prevent its spreading.

It has also decided to immediately start destroying eggs and feed material, the government said in a statement.

The disease is caused by a form of influenza virus that usually infects birds. Past flu outbreaks at times have been pandemic, and a particular strain of the flu—H5N1—had affected human beings in Asia earlier.

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Numbers 16:46 Then Moses told Aaron, “Take your firepan, place fire from the altar in it, and add incense. Go quickly to the community and make atonement for them, because wrath has come from the LORD; the plague has begun.”