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With a fresh outbreak of bird flu in poultry being detected in Assam, authorities are prepared to start the culling of thousands of chickens.

Reports say the virus has spread to the districts of Barpeta and Nalbari from Hajo in Kamrup District, where it was first reported.

Samples were sent to laboratories in Bhopal and have tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.

The State Government has ordered culling operations and culling officers have already started going from house-to-house urging the villagers to hand over to them their poultry.