ONI Bureau: After confirming an outbreak of avian influenza in different species of birds in Paradip, the administration has begun culling of chickens on Sunday.
The Jagatsinghpur district administration began culling of fowl in Badapadia area on Sunday and culled around 450 chickens in Sandhkuda and Badapadia areas on Monday. Reportedly, 8 rapid response teams to continue culling of birds in Nua Bazar area of Paradip today.
Around ten rapid response teams have been formed to handle the situation. As many as 2000 hens will be culled during the three-day operation.
The district administration has put a ban on sale of chicken meat for about three months in that area. The Rapid Response Teams raid various hotels in Paradip to check hoarding of poultry despite ban.
As per the report, 314 samples have been sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal for examination. Meantime, two blood samples of chicken tested positive for H5N1, the Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Secretary Vishal Gagan informed.
The Central team comprising Community Medicine department officials of the Central Government visited Sandhkuda, Badapadia and the surrounding areas of Paradip yesterday.