BIRD FLU IN ASSAM : MASSIVE CULLING UNDERWAY

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BIRD FLU IN ASSAM : MASSIVE CULLING UNDERWAY

Postby vet » Sun Nov 30, 2008 8:02 pm

About 30,000 chickens and ducks will be culled in Assam during the next four days as an outbreak of bird flu in poultry has been reported in the state.
It all started with With the death of more than 300 poultry birds in some villages in Assam about 5 days ago when a general alert was sounded in the area with suspicion of it being Avian Influenza.

A veterinary department official then said up to 300 chicken and ducks died an unnatural death in some villages around Hajo, about 35 km west of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

"We have sent samples for laboratory tests to Pune and Bangalore for confirmation. We don't know for sure if the poultry deaths were due to bird flu," a veterinary department official said requesting not to be named.

A ban on sale of poultry was put in place with a general alert in about 40 villages within a radius of five kilometers from the area where the deaths were reported.
Residents of the area said a large number of birds were falling sick.
"We saw normal birds dying almost instantly without any symptoms. Now we find some of the poultry in the area a little sick," said Biswa Das, a villager.an official said.”

The Indian health ministry Thursday confirmed outbreak of bird flu after laboratory tests confirmed strains of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza. Sale and purchase of poultry has been banned in the state.

Choudhury said about 30,000 chickens and ducks would be slaughtered in about 40 villages of Thakurichuba village, about 40 km west of Guwahati. The veterinary personnel involved in the culling process were being administered the antiviral drug Tamiflu as a precautionary measure.

“The process of culling has already started involving about 20 Rapid Response Teams with seven members in each group led by a veterinarian,” he said.

More than 300 birds died in the past one week in the state. Assam’s veterinary and animal husbandry department sounded an alert and is maintaining a strict surveillance on farms in the state.
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