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Avian Influenza Outbreak Alert Issued due to Death of 23,000 Chickens in Karnataka

by Reshma Anand on May 9, 2016 at 11:21 AM
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Avian Influenza Outbreak Alert Issued due to Death of 23,000 Chickens in Karnataka

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.

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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.

Source: Medindia
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