Bird Flu

Officials bury birds containing avian flu, at an isolated area of Outer Ring Road, in Mysuru.

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Culled poultry and other birds from a bird flu detected area being incinerated by local workers at Vengeri in Kozhikode.

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Health officials cull poultry at Vengeri in Kozhikode.

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Health officials along with police raid houses to cull domesticated birds to prevent spread of bird-flu, at Vengeri in Kozhikode. The district collector had on Saturday issued instructions to close all chicken farms, chicken and egg stalls and pet and ornamental bird shops within 10 km of the epicentre farms at Vengeri and West Kodiyathooor to prevent the spread of Avian Influenza.

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Health officials inspect birds for confirmation of Bird Flu at a farm in Vengeri, Kozhikode

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Health officials burn birds after confirmation of Bird Flu at a farm in Vengeri, Kozhikode.

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Zoo staffers, in protective outfits, spray chemicals as part of preventive measures against bird flu (H5N1 avian influenza virus) after six peacocks were found dead under mysterious circumstances, at the Patna zoo.

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Animal husbandry doctors in bird-flu protected hazmat suits stand outside Asha Foundation NGO for culling birds, at Hathijan in the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

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Delhi Rural Development Minister Gopal Rai inspects the safety measures against bird flu at Deer park, in New Delhi.

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Vendors sell chickens in the wake of Bird Flu apprehension at Gazipur Murga Mandi in New Delhi.

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Chicken Gazipur Murga Mandi, in the wake of Bird Flu scare, in Delhi

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Delhi Rural Development Minister Gopal Rai visits Gazipur Murga Mandi in the wake of Bird Flu scare, in Delhi.

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A peacock crosses a pathway as a park worker rides a bicycle inside the closed Deer park, in New Delhi. City authorities have closed a sprawling park in the heart of New Delhi after eight birds died of suspected bird flu, days after the city zoo was closed to the public after nine birds died there.

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Veterinary staff of the animal husbandry department culled 2.5 lakh birds suspected to be infected with Bird flu at Thorrur village in Ranga Reddy district about 21 kms from Hyderabad.

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Poultry workers remove dead chicken to dispose at Hayathnagar, the main town of Ranga Reddy district, on the outskirts of Hyderabad. A red alert was sounded by the Telangana state government after the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus broke out in Ranga Reddy district, according to news reports.

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A poultry worker carries dead chicken to dispose at Hayathnagar, the main town of Ranga Reddy district, on the outskirts of Hyderabad. A red alert was sounded by the Telangana state government after the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus broke out in Ranga Reddy district, according to news reports.

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Veterinarians carry gunny bags and enter a farm to cull chicken at Venkateshwara Hatchery farm at Hayathnagar, the main town of Ranga Reddy district, on the outskirts of Hyderabad. A red alert was sounded by the Telangana state government after the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus broke out in Ranga Reddy district, according to news reports.

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Health workers in full protective gear pick up killed chickens in plastic bags at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong. Authorities began culling 20,000 birds at a wholesale market after poultry from southern mainland China tested positive for the H7N9 virus.

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Commuters wear masks at a subway station in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan has confirmed its first case of a new deadly strain of bird flu.

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BIRD FLU strikes again, now in KARNATAKA. Over 60,000 birds culled at poultry development unit near B’lore. Movement of birds, products banned; Kerala seals borders.

Health Department officials cull birds from a poultry farm after bird flu virus was detected in Bhubaneswar.

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Health department officials wearing protective gear throw disinfectant over culled birds before burying them in a pit at a poultry farm after bird flu virus was detected in Bhubaneswar.

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A Health Department official wearing protective gear culls a bird at a poultry farm after bird flu virus was detected, in Lembucherra area near Agartala, Tripura.

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India sees another attack of bird flu, this time at the state duck-breeding farm in Agartala, Tripura. Area cordoned off, some 5,000 birds culled so far.

Olaf Nies, the caretaker of swans on Hamburg's river Alster, catches the birds in Hamburg, northern Germany. Because of a Europe-wide threat of bird flu, the swans have been shifted three weeks earlier as usual to a small lake in Hamburg that is kept ice-free during each winter.

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Three-and-half-year-old Pornsak Namjaidee feeds ducks at a farm in Suphanburi province, central Thailand. The Thai government has decided to deploy 1.3 million health workers and volunteers across the country to contain a bird flu outbreak that has killed 13 people in the country. Meanwhile, a fourth Indonesian has been confirmed to have died from bird flu, as China reported a new outbreak of the virus among poultry in the eastern Anhui province. The latest developments come as top health officials from more than 30 nations are meeting in Ottawa to discuss how to plan for a international human influenza pandemic, which they say is inevitable.

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A veterinarian technician collects a dead chicken in the village of Nikuljane, some 40 kms north-east of Macedonia's capital Skopje. Hundreds of chicken have died in the past week in the village but there are no reported cases of bird flu virus in Macedonia to date. EU foreign ministers today urged that a bird flu pandemic is a global threat and needed a co-ordinated international response. The statement came hours after Greece became the first member of the bloc to confirm a case of bird flu. The deadly H5N1 strain of the virus was found in birds in Romania and Turkey last week after which thousands of birds were culled. Though H5N1 has killed only 60 people in South-East Asia since 2003, the World Health Organisation has estimated a flu pandemic could happen at any time and kill between two million and 7.4 million people across the world.

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MondayTechnicians of Poultry Research Institute apply vaccine to chicken in Karachi. Avian flu has killed millions of chickens in Pakistan's largest city in recent weeks, and the government has distributed vaccines and ordered farmers to cull poultry at affected farms.

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29 January An employee of a government poultry farm sprays liquid formalin on chicken as a preventive step in Bhopal. Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj told reporters in a Press conference that the bird flu hasn't reached India and there have been no death of birds in the country. But as a precautionary measure the Government announced a ban on import of processed poultry food and declared a red alert to prevent spread of the disease and also decided to itensify vigil over passengers of Samjhauta Express from Pakistan.

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A man takes a walk with his goose chicks in Taiping, about 1800 kilometers south of Beijing. China declared victory in its fight against bird flu, saying it had 'stamped out' all of its known cases. But the government has warned against relaxing vigilance, saying the coming warm weather could bring new cases.

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A worker catches chickens for culling at a poultry farm in Suphanburi province, western Thailand. Possibility of a fresh outbreak of the bird flu has triggered nationwide panic after health authorities confirmed that a woman has died from the H5N1 bird flu virus after contracting the virus from her 11 year-old daughter who also died from the same illness. The case of human-to-human infection has renewed fears that bird flu may combine with human flu to create a more deadly version of the disease.

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A worker piles up dead chicken, suspected of bird flu, to burn them at a farm on the outskirt of Jakarta. Indonesia today confirmed that three people have died from bird flu. The victims - a man and his two young daughters - are the country's first human fatalities from the disease. Because they had no known contact with poultry, their cases have raised fears of human-to-human transmission. Since January 2004, more than 50 people are known to have died of the bird flu virus in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Millions of birds have died across Asia in the last few years, many of them culled in an effort to stem the disease.

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February- March: Viral Attacks In February, the first outbreak of H5N1 bird flu was reported in Maharashtra. Thousands of chicken were culled by the authorities. Poultry traders suffered crores in losses. And later, to prove that eating chicken was safe, the sarkar roped in the babus for PR. Upma Chawdhury, Joint Secretary, animal husbandry, dramatically bit into a leg piece at a press conference, saying, "I’m a vegetarian, but in national interest, I’m not going to be chickening out." But then the rains brought more bad news—dengue and chikungunya. Dengue hit the rich and the poor alike—PM Manmohan Singh’s son-in-law and grandsons caught the virus. Far more serious was the chikungunya epidemic, a viral fever spread by mosquitoes, sweeping across south India, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The health department woke up too late. The deadly East African virus showed up in India after three decades and infected over 1.2 million people. As on 22 November, for which figures were available, 172 people died of Dengue and 10,412 were infected with virus. Malaria killed 819 people in the country till Novemeber 17, around 444 persons died due to Japanese Encephalitis till October and Kala Azar killed 187 people till September. A total of 1612 people died due to mosquito-borne diseases, including Dengue, in the country this year, as compared to 2959 the previous ye

Bird flu strikes again. With the avian flu spreading to nine districts in Assam, the health Minister has warned that the disease could become a major disaster for human beings if poultry are not allowed to be culled. The affected districts are Kamrup (Rural), Kamrup (Metro), including Guwahati, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Baksa, Dibrugarh, Goalpara and Bongaigaon.

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Monday April 7, 2008
And now there are reports of the avian bird flu virus spreading to Tripura. Culling operations have begun in the bird flu-hit border district of Dhalai with authorities setting a target of killing more than 25,000 chicken. An alert has been sounded across the state prohibiting import of poultry, including from neighbouring Bangladesh with which the state shares 856 km-long border.

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A health official culls chickens, suspected to be infected by bird flu, during a culling operation at a poultry form in a village near Kolkata. Bird flu scare has now gripped Darjeeling where 38 chickens were found dead even as culling operations continued in 13 affected districts of West Bengal.

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Villagers standing in a line with their chickens to be culled by health officials at a temporary camp at Acchai Para of Ilampara Block in Birbhum on Wednesday, January 30, 2008. Culling operations were today taken up in North 24-Parganas district, in West Bengal, as fresh poultry deaths were reported from a farm in South 24-Parganas raising fears that the dreaded H5N1 virus might be spreading to the organised sector after affecting backyard poultry. So far 8 lakh chicken have been culled in the district, the sources said.

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Tuesday January 29, 2008
West Bengal government remained confused about the Bird Flu, which was reported to have spread to as many as 13 of its 19 districts, while the political opponents took out rallies in protest. While the state government takes comfort in the fact that there is no further spread of the virus, there were reports over slow culling operations through out the state, while in Coochbehar's Dinhata block workers engaged by the Rapid Response Teams stopped killing the diseased birds demanding a raise in their remuneration. The additional district magistrate (development) has to step in to assure the workers that their remuneration would be hiked to Rs 105 from the present Rs 70/ per day.

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Tuesday January 22, 2008
With almost half of West Bengal affected with fast spreading avian bird flu, the centre has decided a daily target of culling three lakh birds, raising the target of culling poultry to 20 lakh in the next one week, with 600 teams on the job. Fears of H5N1 virus spreading to humans in West Bengal were laid to rest with eight persons showing clinical symptoms of the disease medically cleared on Tuesday, January 22.

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While West Bengal grappled with fear of bird flu, this stranded passenger on the Jammu- Srinagar highway at Nagrota, on the outskirts of Jammu, seems to have no such worries. The traffic on the 300 kilometers (188 miles) long national highway, the only road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, remain suspended as a precautionary measure following heavy snowfall in the area around Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway to Kashmir valley, according to a news report.

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A worker injects medicine to chickens at a poultry farm to prevent them from bird flu at Siliguri on Wednesday, January 16, 2008. The deadly H5N1 avian influenza or bird flu virus in poultry is back two months after India declared itself free of the virus. About four lakh birds have been culled in the wake of a bird flu outbreak in some parts of West Bengal. The virus has killed over 35,000 poultry in 102 villages of Birbhum and 288 in Dakshin Dinajpur. The virus was isolated by the High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory (Bhopal) and the National Institute of Virology (Pune) from dead poultry samples in the two districts of Birbhum and Dakshin Dinajpur in West Bengal.

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Health workers dump chickens and eggs into a sack for disposal in Imphal, Manipur. With the Centre confirming an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Manipur, the state government today began culling 1.6 lakh birds within five kilometres of the the Chingmeirong area near Imphal where the virus has been detected. The state government, which described the situation as "very serious", said it would compensate poultry owner and estimated that about Rs 60 lakh would be spent on this. The H5N1 strain of bird flu, currently prevalent across the world, was detected in samples taken from over 100 chickens that died in a private farm in Chingmeirong. About 5,000 chicks and adult chickens at the government -run poultry farm in Mantripurkhri on Imphal's outskirts would come under the knife along with 1.6 lakh birds being reared in private poultry farms.

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Health workers cull a chicken at Nachankhedi village, in Madhya Pradesh. Intensifying steps to contain bird flu in Madhya Pradesh, over 6,600 chicken were culled in 23 villages after the avian flu was detected in poultry samples of Ichhapur town in Burhanpur district. Besides culling, disinfectants were sprinkled on road from Ichhapur to Indore as additional precaution. Health authorities in neighbouring Jalgaon of Maharashtra also began culling of the 2.1 lakh chicken in six tehsils of the district. Bird flu was earlier declared in three tehsils of the district on March 14 and 92,000 birds were culled.

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Palestinian farmer Mohammed Shamali gathers dead chicken at his poultry farm in Gaza City. The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu virus has been found in poultry in Palestinian territories after initial tests found dozens of birds had died of the virus in the Bekaot settlement of the Jordan Valley. A 10 km quarantine has been imposed around the farms in the Gaza Strip and veterinary officials have begun to cull poultry. Last week, thousands of birds died of the virus in two Israeli farms in the western Negev, near the Gaza Strip and bird flu was also found on Wednesday in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, on the border with Egypt.

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Pakistani poultry traders eat chicken to show that there is no danger in eating the birds during a rally in Peshawar, to condemn culling. Pakistani authorities culled 25,000 chicken in northern Pakistan after poultry at two farms were tested positive for the H5 strain of bird flu.

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Friday 24 February
A police officer places a barricade on a road following orders for restriction of entry and exit points in Navapur, Maharashtra. A day after declaring Navapur free of birds and eggs, the Maharashtra government said the avian flu-hit town bordering Gujarat has been quarantined for a week as a precautionary measure even though no case of human infection has been confirmed. Only government vehicles on official duty are being allowed in and out of the town and people are being asked to use a by-pass on National Highway 6. However, bird flu has been confirmed in some samples from a poultry farm in neighbouring Uchhal town of Surat district on Saturday after which nearly 80,000 chickens in and around the area were culled. The government claims that there is no bird flu in humans in the country as all the 95 human samples from Navapur have tested negative. Meanwhile, strangely enough, concurrent press-conferences are being organised by Health ministry in which photo-ops are being used to show senior secretaries and others partaking of chicken and the agricultural minister too is urging people to eat chicken to prevent loss to small farmers, poultry farm owners and traders.

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Sunday 19 February
Dead chickens at a poultry farm in Navapur, in north Maharashtra. Wearing protective gloves and masks, health officials and farm workers began slaughtering nearly one million chickens in Maharashtra and Gujarat, to prevent an outbreak of lethal Avian H5N1 bird flu virus. In the first outbreak of bird flu cases in India, eight people were admitted to hospital on Friday after 50,000 birds died in Nandurbar and Dhule districts of Maharashtra. Even though the government has maintained that there is no case of bird flu in humans, the human population in the 10-km vicinity of Navapur has been kept under surveillance and 19 villages in three-km radius region around the area of infection has been quarantined. Shiv Sena has meanwhile made it into a communal issue by demanding that the entire poultry business be shifted out of Navapur as, according to them, the majority of the poultry farm owners happen to be Muslims. As other states have banned poultry products from Maharashtra, neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal and some Gulf countries have also banned the import of poultry products from India, thus threatening the Rs 35,000 crore industry.

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An employee of the office of environment removes the carcass of a swan near the harbour of Wittower Fahre on the island of Ruegen, north-eastern Germany. Three dead wild swans, which were infected by the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza, were found on the island of Ruegen.

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Volunteers of the Birders Association of Budapest, Adam Selmeczi Kovacs and Laszlo Albert, examine a wild swan, caught in the River Danube, for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in Veroce, 60 km north of Budapest, Hungary. Donor countries meeting in Beijing, China today pledged $1.9 billion to fight bird flu worldwide, much more than expected. The money includes more than $330 million from the US and more than $250 million from the European Union. The funds will be largely spent on health and vet services aiming to prevent the H5N1 virus mutating and spreading from human to human. The World Bank has predicted that the economic cost to the world's economy during the first year of any bird flu pandemic could reach $800bn.

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Chicken try to escape from Turkish Agriculture Ministry employees collecting poultry, in the small Turkish village of Uzunyazi, next to the Iranian border. The European Union today pledged $100m to help countries deal with the global bird flu threat. The announcement comes ahead of an international donors' conference in China next week, which the UN hopes will raise around $1.5bn. Bird flu is already on the EU's doorstep - with three deaths among 18 cases of infection in Turkey.

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Villagers watch as Turkish Agriculture Ministry employees collect poultry for culling in the village of Buyukyilanli near the eastern town of Dogubayazit. Turkey raced to contain an outbreak of bird flu and reassure the world it had the potentially fatal illness under control, after preliminary tests showed at least 15 people, two of them children who have died, were infected with the deadly H5N1 strain. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization today issued a warning that bird flu could become an 'endemic' in Turkey and pose a serious risk to neighbouring countries while the World Health Organization has said good public information and not panicking were the key to tackling the Turkish outbreak. More than 300,000 birds have been culled so far in Turkey to prevent an outbreak.

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