Bird flu in Nadia, culling begins
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 20:11
Krishnagar: Culling of birds began on Tuesday at Tehatta 1 block in Nadia district after confirmation of the outbreak of Avian Influenza, popularly known as bird flu.

Symptomns of Avian Influenza were initially observed among hens in 13 villages under 5 Gram Panchayat areas of Tehatta 1 block about 10 days back.

The samples of the birds were collected and sent to High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) Bhopal for tests.

"The report arrived at around 6.30 pm yesterday confirming bird flu. We decided to start culling and it was initiated today," Nure Alam Chowdhury, Animal Resource Department Minister told a press conference after visiting the affected block here today.

Twenty teams comprising 420 persons were deployed in the process of culling scheduled in 5 gram panchayat areas. After culling, the dead birds will be buried at Lalbazar, a place near Indo-Bangladesh border. Three big holes were dug up for the disposal of the culled birds here, he said.

Tehatta SDO Achinta Mondal said "we hope to cull about 5000 birds today and the culling work will go on upto 7 pm and the culled birds will be buried".

"In addition to culling, surveillance will go on within 10km of the affected area excluding three km of the foci of the infection", the minister said.

The minister arrived at Tehatta today morning and visited some of the affected places.

Meanwhile the Indo-Bangla border has also been sealed, the minister said.


First Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 14:19

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