Bhubaneswar: The avian influenza has re-surfaced. This time in Bhubaneswar. The High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal confirmed detection of the dreaded disease on Friday after testing samples sent by the Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO), located close to Kalinga Stadium along NH-5.
The State Government on Friday has imposed restriction on movement of poultry within 3km radius of the CPDO and has constituted 10 rapid response teams for the surveillance, following confirmation of existence of bird flu virus in the area.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) convened an emergency meeting after the test results reached the State Government and ordered that poultry and poultry product shops in 21 wards located within the alert zone to be closed down.
Official sources said that the CPDO farm has around 28, 851 birds. For the last 3-4 days, mortality was recorded in the farm and three samples were sent to HSADL. The lab sent its report on Friday. Of the three samples, at least one has tested positive for the H5N1 virus which causes bird flu or avian influenza the report disclosed.
As a precautionary measure the BMC has formed mobile teams, which will move in wards and undertake sanitation measures.
Municipal Commissioner Vishal Dev said a base camp will be set up at CDPO, to put a ban on the movement of poultry birds or related products into the area or outside.
It is noteworthy to mention that, Bhubaneswar is the third place in the State, where bird flu has been detected after Keranga in Khurda and Betanoti in Mayurbhanj district.