The Orissa government has sealed all the sea routes in and out of the Kendrapara district after cases of bird flu cropped up in some of the neighboring areas of West Bengal.
District Collector Sishirkanta Panda revealed that the decision to seal the sea routes was taken in order to check the supply of poultry and chicks coming into the region and avoid spreading of the disease into the state.
"The officials of Mahakalapada and Rajnagar blocks have been directed to keep a close watch on the supply of poultry from West Bengal and the coast Guards and fishery officials too have been asked to prevent the supply of poultry through the sea routes to the coastal pockets", Panda said.
A Rapid Response Team (RRT) has also been organized in order to step up the vaccination program in the region. So far 23,000 poultry have been vaccinated in the region with the district administration receiving 10,000 additional doses in order to cope with a possible spread of the disease.