3000 poultry culled in Tripura; birdflu contained

New Delhi/Agartala: At least 3,000 poultry,
including chickens and ducks, were today culled in Tripura to
control further spread of the birdflu from a government duck
farm in capital Agartala.

"Over 2,000 chicken and ducks have died in the area
since February 3 last and blood samples of some of them, which
were sent to Regional Animal Diseases Diagnostic Centre in
Kolkata tested positive for H5N1 virus," state Animal Resource
minister Aghor Debbarma told newsmen in Agartala.

The administration has also banned selling of any
poultry in and around R K Nagar Poultry, six kms from the
capital town.

Avian influenza was first reported from Kamalpur, a
sub-division in Dhalai district bordering Moulavi bazar
district of neighbouring Bangladesh in April 2008.

Stepping into the problem, the centre directed the state
to cull the entire poultry within a radius of 3 km of the
focus of infection viz. State Duck Breeding Farm, R.K. Nagar,
Agartala, an official statement said in Delhi.

The state government has been asked to furnish a daily
report on the control and containment operations to the
Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in the
Ministry of Agriculture.

The Centre has advised the state to ban movement of
poultry and its products in the infected area/closure of
poultry and egg markets and shops within a radius of 10 kms
from the infected site, ban on movement of farm personnel,
restricting access to wild and stray birds and restricting
access to the infected premises.

As regards compensation for loss of poultry on account
of culling and destruction of birds, the Union government has
told the state that it would be shared between the two on
50:50 basis.