Bird flu alert in state; 1.5 lakh poultry to be culled

Bird flu alert in state; 1.5 lakh poultry to  be culled

The state government sounded high alert against bird flu on Sunday, following detection of such cases in a poultry farm in Bidar district.

Animal Husbandry Minister A Manju said cases of Avian Influenza (H5N1), commonly known as bird flu, have been reported at Melakera village in Humnabad taluk of Bidarrecently.

The government has decided to cull all 1.5 lakh birds in the affected poultry farm as per the scientific protocol.

He said about 23,000 birds had died in the farm owned by Ramesh Gupta. The state Animal Husbandry and the Health and Family Welfare departments had sent the samples from the farm to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal.

The institute has confirmed that the cases were positive for Avian Influenza, he added. All the poultry birds within a radius of 1 km from the affected farm would be culled. 

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