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Monday, March 7, 2011

India : Culling of Birds and Destruction of Egg and Feed Material Ordered in State Poultry Farm Agartala

Via Press Information Bureau, excerpt :

" Bird Flu Contained within the Infected Site

H5 strains of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in the poultry samples collected from State Poultry Farm, Gandhigram, Agartala, Tripura. The samples collected from the infected site were forwarded to the ERDDL, Kolkata and High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), Bhopal for testing.

The test conducted at both the laboratories confirmed that the samples from State Poultry Farm are 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 etc. so as to control further spread of the disease without loss of time.

It has also been decided that the entire poultry will be culled within a radius of 3 kms. of the focus of infection viz. State Poultry Farm, Gandhigram, Agartala. In addition to the culling strategy, surveillance will be carried out over a further radius up to 10 kilometers. Surveillance throughout the State is being intensified to monitor further spread of infection, if any."

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