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H5N1 Confirmed in Assam India
Recombinomics Commentary 20:52
November 27, 2008

Official circles here said that the Bhopal-based High Security Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (HSADL) confirmed this evening the outbreak of the disease among the domesticated fowls of Thakuria Chuba of Rajabazar village under Hajo Revenue Circles of Kamrup district.

reports of unusual death of fowls have also been received from parts of Sarpara village of Palasbari in the same district.

The Directorate of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry here received reports of unusual death of domesticated birds from Thakuria Chuba, a locality inhabited by 25 families, on November 21. In the locality 87 fowls were reported dead on November 21. Of the birds, 62 were adult ones.

The next day, 66 birds were reported dead (48 adults), followed by 92 (56 adults) on November 23, 20 (12 adults) on November 24, 27 (19 adults) on November 25 and 32 (17 adults) on November 26. It is believed that at present there are around 100 fowls left in the locality, said the sources.

The above comments confirm H5N1 in the deaths of 297 birds near Hajo in the Kamrup district of Assam.  Suspect H5N1 is also reported near Palasbari (see satellite map).

Assam has not confirmed H5N1 previously, although adjacent West Bengal and Bangladesh reported major outbreaks at the beginning of this year, when unusual poultry deaths were also reported in Assam.  Recently Bangladesh reported confirmed H5N1 in Naogon, about 175 miles southwest of the outbreak in Hajo (see satellite map).

The death of 3/4 of the poultry near Hajo suggests additional outbreaks will be reported.

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