Bird flu hits another district of West BengalThis article was originally published in The Public Ledger
JALPAIGURI has become the 15th district in West Bengal to be affected by avian flu after samples sent from two places in the district tested positive for the H5N1 virus. This is the third instance this month in which bird has been confirmed in West Bengal – despite the state government's claim in February to have contained the virus. Jalpaiguri district magistrate, R Ranjit Jalpaiguri told The Indian Express: "Samples sent from Saheber Tamar and Shyampukuria in the Sadar block have been confirmed as infected with bird flu. Random samples were taken after the unnatural deaths of around 200 birds and sent for testing. Following the confirmation, culling operations will begin tomorrow within 5 km radius of both the affected areas. According to our estimates, 50,000 birds are to be culled."