Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the bird flu scare in several parts of the country, Odisha chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Wednesday informed that no case of bird flu has been detected in the State yet.

After a review meeting on the possible bird flu scenario in the State, Mohapatra said around 11000 samples from different areas have been tested so far but no case has been found positive.

The chief secretary directed officials to intensify surveillance activities and ordered the formation of 'Rapid Response Team' at the State and the district level to mitigate any possible outbreak.

He further said that the State is ready to counter and control any possible outbreak of bird flu.

On the other hand, Khordha Chief District Veterinary Officer Dr Bishnu Charan Sahoo on Tuesday informed that around 400 bird samples from Chilika have been sent for examination.

Besides, poultry samples from OUAT have also sent to the Animal Disease Research Institute at Phulnakhara for tests as a precautionary measure, he said.

A training programme for poultry farmers is underway in Khordha, Bhubaneswar and other parts to educate them about the precaution that should be undertaken in view of the bird flu outbreak, he added.

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