인도의 서 벵갈주에서 조류독감이 가금류를 통해 확산되고 있다고 인도당국이 밝혔습니다.

인도 당국은 서 벵갈주 두 개 마을에서 수거한 가금류에서 조류독감 바이러스가 확인됐다고 밝혔습니다.

서 벵갈주에서는 지난달에도 조류독감이 발생해 4백만 마리의 닭이 살처분됐으며 가금류 판매와 운송이 전면 금지된 바 있습니다.

서 벵갈주는 이웃 방글라데시와도 인접해 있어 관계당국이 신경을 곤두세우고 있습니다.

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Authorities in eastern India say bird flu is spreading through poultry flocks in the same area of West Bengal state where the virus was thought to have been brought under control a month ago.

Nearly four million chickens were slaughtered in last month's attempt to suppress avian influenza, and sales or transport of poultry were banned throughout West Bengal state. The area borders Bangladesh, which also has been battling the deadly poultry disease.

Sunday, government officials in West Bengal said laboratory tests have confirmed the infection is present in two villages about 300 kilometers from Calcutta, the state capital. The deadly H5N1 variety of bird flu has killed nearly one thousand birds in the area (Murshidabad district) in the past week.

No human cases of bird-flu infection have been reported in India.