Culling ordered after bird flu detected in Odisha

Healthwire Bureau

New Delhi, January 28: A case of bird flu identified at Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), the state government has ordered the culling of poultry across the region.

In order to carry out the culling operation and surveillance measures, 12 Rapid Response Teams (RRT) have been formed with qualified veterinary doctors and para-veterinarians.

OUAT on Monday confirmed bird flu strain in the samples which it had sent to Bhopal for laboratory tests.

After confirmation of bird flu in OUAT poultry farm located inside the campus of College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, the state government has stepped up measures for the containment of the disease.

The area within 1 km radius of the infected site of OUAT poultry farm has been declared as the infected zone and area within 1 to 10 km radius of the infected site has been declared as the surveillance zone, said an official from Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department.

The official said all the poultry birds within 1 km radius of the infected site will be culled from Tuesday and disposed of by deep burial method.

The government said that the spread of the virus affecting humans is extremely rare and accordingly, the general public should not have any reason to panic.

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