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Bird Flu Scare in Chandigarh, Duck Sample Tests Positive

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Bird Flu Scare in Chandigarh, Duck Sample Tests PositiveAfter the outbreak of H5NI virus in three affected districts of Kerala, there have been reports about a bird flu scare in Chandigarh. An official has revealed that a sample of a duck found dead at the famous Sukhna lake tested positive for the H5N1 (avian flu) virus. (Nearly 2.6 Lakh Ducks Culled in Kerala)

The Sukhna lake has about 250 ducks and it is a star attraction for visitors. Nearly 30 ducks  were found dead under mysterious circumstances in the past few days. According to a spokesman of the Chandigarh administration, "Some samples were sent to the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar for testing. In turn, they sent them for further testing to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal. Of the six samples sent for investigation, one sample tested positive for H5N1."

Officials from the administration confirmed that the Chandigarh Police has been directed to ensure that the Sukhna lake, which attracts many morning and evening walkers and hundreds of tourists every day, remains out of bounds for the general public. "At present, there is no assessment regarding any outbreak of bird flu in Chandigarh. The situation is, however, being closely monitored," the spokesman added.

Though there has been 'no alarm or alert issued for the general public', authorities have ordered the lake island area to be fenced. "The movement of the ducks has been restricted. Police personnel as well as forest rangers have been deployed in the lake area to ensure that people are kept at a distance from the ducks in order to prevent any direct contact," the spokesman said.

Moreover, authorities have formed five rapid response teams 'to counter any type of untoward situation'. The Central Poultry Development Organisation has already been asked to take all necessary precautions for prevention of the disease as per the standard surveillance plan.


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Chandigarh is 45 hours drive from Kerala

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It sounds to me like they are completely unprepared for this!



H5N1: No alert in Punjab

CHANDIGARH: Punjab government on Wednesday claimed it had not received any alert from the Centre on avian influenza even as the dreaded virus was con firmed in one of the domesticated geese that died at Sukhna lake.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/H5N1-No-alert-in-Punjab/articleshow/45555080.cms

Punjab has more than 80.19 lakh broilers and 1.05 crore layers (egg producing chicken) of poultry, according to the livestock department.

However, the health officials in the state, which figures in top three lists of consumption of meat in the country, were caught unawares about the detection of flu in Chandigarh,

"There is no information with me on this. The director of health services will have the information on this," said principal secretary (health) Vini Mahajan.

Punjab health director, too, claimed he had not received any communication so far. He, though, said the department was equipped to handle the cases.

"We have the relevant masks and the lab for the quarantine procedure and testing in Amritsar," said Dr Karanjit Singh.

Singh also said there has been no detection of avian flu in Punjab since 2009, when it first spread in India.
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The Indian Numbering System is used in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. It is based on the Vedic numbering system in which numbers over 9,999 are written in two-digit groups (or a mix of two- and three-digit groups) rather than the three-digit groups used in most other parts of the world. In Pakistan, they do not use this numbering system in English media but only in Urdu and other regional languages.

The terms lakh (100,000) and crore (10,000,000) are used in Indian English to express large numbers. For example, in India 150,000 rupees becomes 1.5 lakh rupees, written as INR1,50,000 or INR 1,50,000; 30,000,000 (thirty million) rupees becomes 3 crore rupees, written as INR3,00,00,000 with commas at the thousand, lakh, and crore levels; and 1,000,000,000 (one billion) rupees (one hundred crore rupees) is written INR1,00,00,00,000.
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holy crap - that's a LOT of birds if it's 80.19 lakh (80,000+ or 8mill +?!?!) and 1.05 crore (10+ million?) wow, wow, wow - scary stuff :(
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Chandigarh bird flu: 110 birds culled, Sukhna Lake closed for 10 days

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Chandigarh: Bird flu scare has been confirmed at the Sukhna lake, Chandigarh due to which the area will remain closed for 10 days.

As a precautionary measure, access for public has been blocked from the entrance of the water body to its regulator end. Boating and other activities for tourists has also been stopped, officials said.

The authorities have culled around 110 birds at the lake to prevent any outbreak of bird flu in the city. The entire area of the lake has been cordoned off and fully sanitised.

The step came after two dozen ducks died in Sukhna Lake and one out of the dead tested positive of the dreaded virus, H5N1.

The Sukhna Lake is in an upscale, high-security area of Chandigarh - the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana and a Union Territory.


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