Assam: Barpeta, Nalbari get infection; Kamrup on High Alert

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Assam: Barpeta, Nalbari get infection; Kamrup on High Alert

Postby vet » Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:06 pm

Bird Flu virus has spread to two more regions including Barpeta and Nalbari in lower Assam.

The fresh outbreak prompted the State Veterinary department to start the culling of thousands of chickens in these regions.

The samples, which were sent to laboratories in Bhopal, have tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.

The State Government has ordered culling operations and Rapid Response Teams (RRT)s have already begun going from house-to-house asking the habitants to give away their poultry birds to them.

Mr. Mukul Das, a culling official said, “Cases of bird flu were reported ten days back, but the laboratory has confirmed now. The epicentres have been confirmed. The bird flu operation has been started.”

Villagers like Montu Ali in Kamrup region were unwilling to hand over their chicks despite the culling officers making them understand the results of the virus spreading further.

Ali, a poultry farm owner said, “They say that they will pay us Rs 20 per bird, but the market price is Rs 22 per bird. This is not justified; we depend on these farms for a livelihood. I dont know what to do. We are not even being given money; they are giving us receipts.”

The district administrations concerned had already imposed ban on sale and movement of poultry in and around Guwahati.

Meanwhile an alert has been sounded in two central Assam districts of Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup (Rural) as avian flu has been detected in fresh areas there amid reports of death of more than 100 birds.

The death of chickens was reported from the Bogri and Kachumara areas, prompting the district administrations to ban purchase and sale of eggs, official sources said.

Over a hundred birds were found dead yesterday at the Bongra and Kachumara areas from where samples had been collected and sent to the laboratories in Bhopal and Pune, Kamrup (rural) deputy commissioner R N Jain said.

As a precautionary measure, an alert has been sounded as the avian disease is suspected to be spreading to fresh areas of Sarpara, Rangamati, Bongra and Kachuniapra villages.

The Karmup (metro) district administration has imposed a ban on movement of birds and eggs from the affected areas as well as from the nearby markets at Mirza and Plashbari in the outskirts of the city.

In the Kamrup (rural) district, nearly 50,000 birds have been culled and another 30,000 will be culled in the next couple of days.

The administration is also probing the reported sale of flu-affected birds at a very low price in the Hajo area.
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