Bird flu detected in Puri, culling operation to be intensified

Puri: Odisha government today sounded ‘Bird Flu’ alert following detection of avian influenza virus in four villages under Krushnaprasad block of Puri district. Fisheries and Animal Resources Development department secretary, Vishal Gagan informed that a massive culling operation inside private poultry farms in the affected villages including Sana Sahi, Maluda and Patharganj will be undertaken from tomorrow.

Gagan informed that earlier samples were sent to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal following death of some crows and chickens inside poultry farms in Krushnaprasad block on December 6.

“As per the reports received yesterday, avian influenza has been detected and already our rapid action team is on the spot and the process of culling of chickens will be taken up from tomorrow,” said Gagan.

Official sources informed that usually in winter, the migratory birds which visit Odisha are the prime carriers of the avian influenza. Directions have been issued for culling operations in 1 km radius of the epicentre and active surveillance will be maintained within 10 km radius.

Moreover, sale and consumption of eggs have also been banned in the district as a precautionary measure. Senior officials stated that no eggs will be served in midday meals to students in all the schools of the district.