Bird Flu Outbreak: Mass culling continues for second day in Puri

Puri: After the detection of avian influenza virus in four villages under Krushna Prasad block of Puri district, the mass culling of chicken continued for the second consecutive day today.

Reports said the teams engaged in the operation are carrying out the culling of chickens in villages within 1km radius of the affected areas while 400 birds in two farms at Maluda and Patharganj villages were culled and buried yesterday.

It may be noted that the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) has formed 10 teams, out of which 5 teams are engaged in culling operations and three teams have been kept on standby in Krushna Prasad block.

As a precautionary measure, the State Government has asked schools and aganwadi centres not to provide eggs to children. Similarly, sale of eggs and chicken has been banned in Krushna Prasad block for next 10 days.

On the other hand, the Animal Disease Research Institute informed that in order to establish whether the migratory birds, which are flocking Chilika have been infected with the virus or not, samples will be collected and sent to laboratory.

Meanwhile, tension gripped the residents of Paradip today after dead crows were spotted in Badapadia and Nehru Bangla area of the seaport town. However, the Jagatsinghpur Chief District Veterinary Officer (CDVO) ruled out the possibilities of bird flu and said that sudden drop in temperature might be the reason behind the death of the crows in the area.

Last year, avian influenza virus was detected in Paradip and the district administration had directed mass culling of birds and ducks within 10 km of the affected area.