Bhubaneswar: Worries ponder on State Government as a new case of avian influenza have been reported from Mayurbhanj district even as culling of poultry birds in Keranga continued by the rapid action teams on Saturday.
A preliminary report indicated that a poultry bird sample from Betanoti town in Mayurbhanj had confirmed the presence of bird flu.
The Government has rushed expert teams to Betanoti and sent the samples to the Bhopal-based High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory (HSADL) for test. The lab has formally informed the Government about the fresh incidence whereas the detailed report will follow shortly, sources said.
Around 31,175 poultry birds were culled on Saturday. Culling operation in the Khurda district would be completed today, according to official sources. However, the State Government, on the advice of the Central team, has reportedly decided to extend the limits of the affected areas to 210 villages spread over four blocks around Keranga.
As many as 41 samples were sent to the Bhopal-based High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory (HSADL) for test on Saturday. Out of which one sample was found to have H5N1 virus, said Secretary, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Satyabrata Sahu.
Since Betanoti block is close to Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal borders, the import of poultry from these places has been banned.
Atleast 711 birds were culled taking the total number to 31,886 on Sunday. The Government will begin disbursement of compensation to villagers in Keranga from Monday. The Fisheries and Animal Resources Development (FARD) department has estimated the total compensation amount at Rs 21,27,221.
A Central team headed by Dr. U V S Rana visited Nalabana Island, Chilika Lake and sent sample of 28 foreign birds to the Bhopal-based High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory (HSADL), for testing on Monday.