Meghalaya to complete culling of birds today

Meghalaya administration Tuesday said culling of bird-flu infected fowls would be completed by Wednesday.

Updated: Jan 17, 2012, 15:34 PM IST

Shillong: Meghalaya administration today
said culling of bird-flu infected fowls would be completed by Wednesday.

"There are four villages within three km from the
epicentre for which culling of all fowls is mandatory as per
Government of India guidelines," state Veterinary director L
Lyngwa told today.

Until last evening, more than 3444 fowls and more than
1200 eggs were subjected to hygienic culling in East Garo
Hills district including those from the government-run farm
where the flu broke out a week ago.

According to Lyngwa, culling is expected to be
completed by tomorrow evening.

He said, nearly Rs 3.6 lakh has been given to affected poultry farmers as per government`s instruction hiking compensation from Rs 50 (GoI rate) upto Rs 250 per adult fowl.
District administrator Pravin Bakshi said, Rapid
Response Teams (RRT) are quarantined and kept together in one

Fifteen temporary toilets, blankets, mattresses,
pick-up trucks, food, vehicles, earth movers have been
arranged for the culling and mopping operations.

Bakshi said, RRT officials would be left in
quarantined confinements for another ten days after the last
bird is culled.
The district, with a population density of 122
inhabitants per square km, has a population of about 3.17 lakh
persons as per 2011 census.

Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory
has confirmed that blood samples sent was detected with
bird-flu on Jan 11.