Bird flu wreaks havoc in Agartala

Barely 8 months after India declared itself free from bird flu in June 2010, the virus has stuck its nose against the grand declaration, resurfacing, in one of the sweet ironies, in a government Duck Breeding Farm in Agartala. H5 strains of Avian Influenza (H1N1), popularly called bird flu, have been confirmed in poultry samples from the state farm. The samples were tested by High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), Bhopal, and ERDDL, Kolkata. The last outbreak occurred in January 2010 in Khargram block of Murshidabad district in West Bengal.

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