Mayurbhanj: As per the direction of the State Government, mass culling of poultry birds continued in Betanoti block of Mayurbhanj district on Saturday.
By the end of the day as many as 8,800 birds were culled and buried. A Central team consisting of two medical officers and an official from the State visited the affected area to supervise the culling.
It is noteworthy to mention that culling in Mayurbhanj was taken up after over 31,886 fowls were culled in Keranga area of Khurda district following detection of H5N1 virus.
The administration had banned transportation of poultry items from and within Mayurbhanj after one of the 41 bird samples sent from the area to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza on Sunday.