Bird flu under control: Meghalaya govt

Shillong: A week after bird flu was detected at a government-run farm in Meghalaya`s East Garo Hills district, the government today said the situation was under control. "We have completed disinfection process in the poultry farm Williamnagar town and the whole situation is completely normalising," District Deputy Commissioner Bakshi said.

Culling operations are not technically over until disinfection process is over in all villages identified, he said, adding disinfection in households will start today and may take two to three days. While the authorities in the district have completely subjected 6340 domesticated birds to hygienic culling till Wednesday evening, 8307 eggs and 850 kg of feed were also destroyed.

A total of Rs 7,56,231 will be paid to the affected farmers and birds` owners from 35 villages within 10 kms from the epi-centre whose livestock were subjected to culling operation by the authorities, the official said.

The district, with a population density of 122 inhabitants per sq km, has a population of 3,17,618 persons as per 2011 census. Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory had confirmed that the blood samples sent was detected with bird-flu on January 11.