Health officials from the Ministry of Animal Husbandry and Sericulture have ordered to cull more than one lakh chickens on a farm in Bidar District following a flu scare.
Last week, about 23,000 chickens died in a farm owned by Ramesh Gupta. Officers from the Ministry visited the farm, collected samples and sent them to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal for testing.
‘Death of 23,000 chickens sparks an H5N1 avian influenza virus scare in the Bidar district of Karnataka’
The institute confirmed that the samples had tested positive for H5N1, a highly pathogenic flu virus. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, all poultry birds within a radius of 1km of the affected farm will be culled and strictly monitored.
"Immediately after receiving the report, we have asked the district administration to cull the entire 1.5 lakh birds in the affected poultry farm to ensure the outbreak doesn't spread," said A Manju, Karnataka, husbandry minister.
Officials have also instructed the villagers to monitor the movement of wild birds that might carry the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus.