- Hello Jeff - "Villagers in eastern India are continuing
to eat chickens killed by bird flu."
- This says it all. I would ascertain that bird flu will
infect humans in eastern India at an alarming rate. This is how the bird
flu virus will eventually mutate.
- Again, we have IGNORANCE on the part of rural villagers.
Ignorance is going to be the vehicle that spreads and drives the bird
flu engine right into our own backyard from these countries. It is sickening
- Henry mentioned the situation last Thursday on his update
on our program about so many backyard flocks and people hiding birds, even
in their own homes.
- The pandemic clock is ticking and we are almost out of
- India: (West Bengal), Bangladesh
- Date: Mon 21 Jan 2008
- Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
- Villagers in eastern India are continuing to eat chickens
killed by bird flu and there are signs the virus may be spreading among
poultry, an official said.
- West Bengal animal resources minister Anisur Rahman told
AFP the situation in the affected areas was "horrible," and that
more suspect cases had been reported on the state's borders with Nepal
and Bangladesh. "The ignorance of villagers is one of the main hurdles.
They are carrying the dead chickens without any protective gear,"
he said. "Most villagers are not aware of the disease. They are eating
the dead chickens. Their children are playing with the infected chickens
in the courtyards. It's horrible," Rahman added.
- So far, 6 districts in West Bengal state have reported
outbreaks of avian flu among poultry. People typically catch the disease
by coming into direct contact with infected poultry, but experts fear the
deadly H5N1 strain of the virus may mutate into a form easily transmissible
- Rahman said there were fears it could be spreading further
afield in the state, with suspect poultry spotted in the hill resort of
Darjeeling on the border with Nepal, and in several villages in Cooch Behar
bordering Bangladesh, which is also fighting a bird flu outbreak. "Blood
samples of the dead poultry have been sent for tests. We are awaiting the
report," he said. The epicentre of the outbreak is Margram village,
240 km (150 miles) from the state capital Kolkata. Rahman said authorities
had so far killed 200 000 chickens and ducks, and were planning to cull
500 000 more in the next 3 to 4 days.
- The outbreak is the 3rd in India -- home to 1.1 billion
people -- since 2006 but it has not had any human cases, although it is
the worst so far because it is more widespread, according to the World
Health Organization (WHO).
- Some 30 million rupees (USD 770 000) has been set aside
to compensate poultry owners -- although farmers are reportedly opposing
the slaughter of their birds because they want the cash immediately.
- Bangladesh, meanwhile, reported another outbreak of [avian
flu] near the border with India -- taking the number of affected districts
to 26 out of 64. Bangladesh government spokesman Salahuddin Khan said nearly
5000 chickens have been destroyed around a farm in the northern district
of Natore. Authorities have slaughtered at least 355 000 chickens, ducks,
and pigeons since the 1st outbreak of the disease in February last year
- But experts have said some outbreaks may not have been
reported, as farmers preferred to cover them up, fearing they might not
be able to sell their birds in the market.
- Migratory birds have been largely blamed for the global
spread of the disease, which has killed more than 200 people worldwide
- -- communicated by:
- India: (West Bengal)
- Date: Mon 21 Jan 2008
- Source: Philstar.com, Associated Press report
- Health workers struggled on Monday [21 Jan 2008] to contain
India's worst outbreak of bird flu as more than 500 000 backyard chickens
in the country's east awaited slaughter, an official said. Bird flu has
been confirmed in 6 districts of West Bengal state, said Anisur Rahman,
the state's animal husbandry minister. Some 100 000 poultry have died of
bird flu, and officials have slaughtered some 150 000 of 700 000 birds
scheduled to be killed as a precautionary measure, Rahman said.
- Authorities were awaiting test results to determine whether
it was the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu, which has been blamed for
the deaths of at least 218 people worldwide since 2003, according to WHO.
- Officials were having trouble containing the outbreak
because it has largely struck poultry living in tens of thousands of homes
rather than at farms, Rahman said.
- communicated by ProMED-mail
- The extensive spread of H5N1 in India, reportedly involving
- number of small backyard holdings, is bad news, from
the perspectives both
- of disease control and of potential infection in humans.
- authorities will have to make soon a decision between
- stamping-out policy and the possible implementation of
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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