Bird Flu resurfaces in Odisha
CHITTARANJAN CHIRANJIT | Bhubaneswar, February 4, 2012 12:23
Avian influenza resurfaced in Odisha | Bird Flu resurfaces in Odisha | detection of H5N1 virus in a bird |
Fresh cases of avian influenza have been detected in a bird farm of Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO) here.
CPDO, a central government organisation, had sent sample of some fowls to High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal after some chicken died at the poultry farm here. The Bhopal-based central laboratory confirmed the detection of bird flu virus in a sample to the central government which in turn informed the state government.
Gopal Tripathy, nodal officer in Fisheries and Animal Resource Development department, said, “Few days ago the central Poultry development Organization (CDPO) had sent sample of some fowls to Bhopal Laboratory to confirm H5N1 virus. The High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory confirmed the presence of bird flu virus in a sample to the union government. And union government told us the fact immediately.”
Satyabrata Sahu, secretary of department convened an emergency meeting to discuss the matter with officials of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).
“We have formed 10 rapid Response Teams (RRT). So far 28,851 chickens have been kept for culling after getting signal from the Centre. And we have asked official to maintain a close vigil along the 3-km radius of the capital city,” Sahu said.
So far 31,912 poultry birds in Keranga and 11,216 in Betanati have been culled, sources said.