by VR Sreeraman on  March 8, 2011 at 8:54 PM Bird Flu News
 Tripura Starts Culling of Chickens After Bird Flu Outbreak
Veterinaries in Tripura have started the process of culling chickens, after an outbreak of Avian Influenza or bird flu in the state.

Veterinarians began the culling on Monday in the state-owned poultry farm in Gandhigram, about 30 kilometres from state capital Agartala.

The poultry farm is one of the main chicken breeding centres in the state with a capacity of about 7,000 chickens.

Officials said about 380 birds had died between the March 1 and March 4, after which samples were sent to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal

Test reports came positive for the H1N5 virus on Sunday.

he in-charge of the Gandhigram State Poultry Farm, Dipangshu Chowdhury, said: "The culling process will continue for the next two days. Along with the hens we have another 1,400 Japanese peahens and 20,000 eggs, which need to dumped"

Chowdhury added the poultry in the radius of 10 kilometres would be culled, in addition to the birds in the farm.

A high alert has been sounded throughout the state for monitoring the spread of bird flu.

This is the second time bird flu has been detected in the state after February this year. Health and veterinary workers had then culled more than 4,000 chickens.

Bird flu first broke out in India in 2006.

Millions of chickens and ducks have been culled since then to contain the virus.

Source: ANI

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