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Avian Flu in India - Government seeks UNICEF assistance for medicines

Amidst massive culling operations in Maharashtra, where the virus was first detected and neighbouring Gujarat, the Maharashtra government got in touch with UNICEF for additional stock of anti-bird flu medicine.

"We have asked for 50,000 tablets of Tamiflu from UNICEF to avert human infection," the state's official spokesperson said.

The government has constituted a high-level committee to investigate the source of bird flu.  A Rapid Response Team of the Ministry of Health are on the job together with 100 state health teams, 70 workers and 20 supervisors, carrying out house-to-house inspections of persons who came in touch with infected poultry.

In the meantime, the government continues to randomly collect blood samples from poultry farms and farm back-yards for testing. Destruction of poultry in the 3-km radius of Maharashtra's Navapur is over and the government will now cull all chicken and eggs within a 10 km radius.  It is choosing culling over vaccination as there are just 80,000 birds in the area, and culling does not require extensive monitoring crews.

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