Culling begins at Keranga after bird flu detection

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Khurdha: Culling of fowl began at Keranga village and one km radius area around it in the district in the wake of detection of avian flu.

Three days after the Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department received report from High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal confirming the H5N1virus, the district collector had convened a meeting on Monday and decided to cull the fowls in infected village. Sample of dead hens were sent to Bhopal on December 19 and was tested positive for the avian flu.

Accordingly, 10 rapid response teams have been mobilised for culling operation. Around 2000 chickens will be culled during the three-day operation, officials said.

A huge pit has been dug to bury the culled birds and elaborate arrangements have been made for disinfecting the area.

Meanwhile, local residents opposed the culling at village and demanded killing of birds at farms first. However, the team has no plan to cull the fowl at farm houses as these are located one km away from the virus epicentre. Sub-collector and senior police officials rushed to the village after people’s opposition.

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