Govt urges Kerala to lift ban on poultry

The Karnataka government has written to Kerala government, seeking to lift the ban on the poultry products from the State.

All the birds infected with the avian flu have been culled and the products scheduled for transportation are free of H5N1 virus, said Aravind Jannu, Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry, adding that the negotiation was on with the Kerala government to allow transport of the poultry products from Karnataka.

The Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO) farm in Hesaraghatta, where the bird flu was reported, is being sanitised for the last two days.

The State government, which deployed 25 teams of 160 members including veterinarians to cull the birds at the farm, has successfully contained the spread of virus on the campus.

According to the CPDO sources, repeated tests conducted on other birds reared within one kilometre radius of the farm have yielded negative reports.

Aravind Jannu said that their rapid response team was ensuring that every corner of the farm is sanitised, disinfected and fumigated to ensure the place is completely free of
virus.

“The workers are ensuring that the chicken’s feed and the litter are removed and buried under the soil.  We want to make sure that the place gets its certification for sanitation,” he added.  

The 160 workers engaged in the culling of the birds have been quarantined on the CPDO campus and are not allowed to meet the public as a precautionary measure.  CPDO sources said that they undergo health checkup every day and have been administered with prophylactics doses on a daily basis. All the workers are in good health, the sources added.

It is a great loss for the farm where H5N1 virus was reported for the first time, an official said. As per the protocol, it will take 90 days before the centre starts rearing new birds.

Till date, the workers have culled 3,600 turkeys, 19,129 chickens, 13,268 ducks, 369 emus and an ostrich. Over 12,000 eggs have also been disposed of to curb the infection.

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