BEHRAMPORE: Murshidabad’s Khargram block has come under the grip of bird flu. The Animal Disease Laboratory (ADL) in Bhopal has confirmed that two hens from the block died of the H5N1 (avian influenza) virus, commonly known as bird flu. District administration has started culling operation from Thursday night.

SDO (Kandi) Utpal Bhadra confirmed that serum samples of two birds from Nagar and Hazrabati villages, sent to the Bhopal laboratory, had tested positive. (snip)

Sources said that in the last 10 days, over 1,000 hens and ducks had died mysteriously in Khargram. Indrani, Kirtipur, Parulia, Jaipur and Margram areas were the worst affected. At first, administrative officers and animal resource development department officers thought the birds died from the cold wave and Ranikhet disease. But when the number of deaths increased in the last five days, the administration sent samples to Bhopal.

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