The Associated Press
Sunday, February 20, 2011 – 04:52

GAUHATI, India – An official says about 4,000 ducks and chickens have been killed at a government-run farm in the remote northeastern Indian state of Tripura after some tested positive for bird flu.

Jyotirmoy Chakrabarty says health workers are also slaughtering poultry on other farms within half a mile (one kilometre) of the state-run farm in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus.

Chakrabarty said Sunday that some poultry on the government farm were infected with the H5 strain of bird flu, and more tests were under way to determine whether it was the virulent H5N1 subtype.

The state government has banned the movement and sale of poultry and eggs from farms in the area.

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