Poultry culled after bird flu outbreak in Tripura

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2012, 15:43 PM IST

Agartala: Altogether 5000 poultry birds were culled today at a government owned farm in Tripura`s Gandhigram where bird flu surfaced in the first week of this month, a top government official said.

The birds were culled at the farm near here by the Rapid Response Squad of the Animal Resource Development Department, its director Manoranjan Sarkar said.

The outbreak of bird flu was confirmed by the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal, Sarkar said.

All precautionary measures were taken to prevent fresh outbreak of bird flu in the state, he said, adding, over 300 birds were culled within a three-km radius area of the
government-owned Lembucherra poultry farm in the district, about 20 km from here, only in the last week of January.

Tripura first witnessed outbreak of avian influenza in 2008 when 55,000 chicks and ducks were culled at Mohanpur and its adjacent villages of West Tripura district.

PTI