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Seven Test Negative for Avian Flu in India

Feb 22, 20061 min
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On Wednesday, officials in India said at least seven people who were quarantined due to flu-like symptoms or as a precaution, have tested negative for the deadly H5N1 strain of the avian flu, Reuters reports.

“Five samples are being subjected for further tests.  Right now, we have no single (confirmed) human case of avian influenza,” India’s federal health secretary, P.K. Hota, told Reuters.  “Even those five cases, if they are established as having H5N1, are unlikely to be full-blown cases.”

In Maharashtra, a western Indian state, roughly 400,000 birds have been slaughtered in an attempt to slow the virus’ proliferation.

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