Location of the epicentre of avian bird flu might determine the rapidity of its spread in India

In the recent outbreak of avian bird flu (H5N1) in West Bengal during January-February 2008, the Government responded promptly by distributing equipment for culling operations and Tamiflu, which resulted in effective control of the outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) rightly issued a warning notice that the outbreak in West Bengal was severe in comparison with the earlier outbreak in Manipur during July 2007.

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