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Avian Flu-Hit Maharashtra Begins Culling of 75,000 Birds

Jalgaon (Maharashtra): Rapid response teams of veterinarians of the Maharashtra Government have started culling nearly 75,000 birds in Jalgaon, north Maharashtra, where some samples have tested positive for bird flu. According to the local authorities, the culling operations will continue till Friday. It has been decided that chickens within a three-km radius around four affected villages -- Hated village of Chopada sub-district, Sawada village of Raver sub-district, Salve village of Dharangaon sub-district and Marul village of Yaval sub-district --will be culled and poultry owners will be provided on-the-spot compensation. Nearly 5,000 Tamiflu capsules have also been provided in the area.

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