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Bird flu hits Tripura, over 8000 birds culled

17 Jan 2016

In another outbreak in North East state of India, bird flu has hit Tripura state, where the authorities have ordered culling of birds.

In another outbreak in North East state of India, bird flu has hit Tripura state, where the authorities have ordered culling of birds.

In the mass culling over 8000 birds including chicken and ducks were culled in the western part of the state.

Tripura government’s Animal Resource Development Department (ARDD) Director Manoranjan Sarkar told IANS that we have started culling of chickens, ducks and other poultry birds today (Saturday) at the government-run animal farm at Gandhigram in western Tripura.

Sarkar said after the death of some chicken, ducks and birds, samples were send to various local and outside laboratories, which confirmed positive for H5 strain of Avian Influenza.

“It has been decided to immediately commence the culling of birds and destruction of eggs and feed material among other things so as to control further spread of the disease without loss of time,” Sarkar adds.

It has also been decided that all the ducks and poultry birds would be culled within a radius of one km of the focus of infection, including the neighbouring villages.

According to the official, in addition to the culling, surveillance would be carried out over a further radius up to 10 km to monitor further spread of infection, if any.


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