Samples have been sent to laboratories in Pune and Bangalore to ascertain the reason behind these bird deaths, and the exact picture will be known soon, a veterinary official said.
"By Thursday we shall be getting the laboratory test reports and maybe we have to start the culling process as there has been large-scale reports of deaths coming in from nearby areas," Kamrup district magistrate R.C. Jain said.
"We have imposed a ban on sale and purchase of poultry and have asked people in the area not to consume chicken or duck as a precautionary measure."
Along with a general alert in the area, experts stationed in the region are even thinking of culling birds to prevent the spread of infection, if any.