Indian state to kill 200,000 chickens in bird flu cull
December 15, 2008, 9:58 am TWN
GUWAHATI, India -- Indian authorities will slaughter 200,000 chickens in the northeast state of Assam in the next two days in a culling operation to tackle the threat of bird flu, officials said. Health workers and bird flu experts were monitoring about 100 people who had shown signs of the virus. The patients in six districts of Guwahati, oil- and tea-producing Assam’s main city, were suffering from fever and respiratory infections, symptoms of the H5N1 bird flu virus in humans. But officials have not confirmed any human cases of H5N1.
Veterinary officials have already killed almost 350,000 chickens and ducks, destroyed more than 160,000 eggs and thousands of kilograms of poultry feed in Guwahati since last month.