AROUND 1500 chickens were killed in four villages of Barwani district as part of the policy to kill all chicken that fall within 10 km radius of Varad, Jalgaon district of Maharashtra where bird flu virus was detected.
The culling was performed in Dhamnia, Rajangaon, Belghat and Umreti villages by the five rapid response teams, which are working as per the guidelines of the Union Government.
Meanwhile, mopping up operation was done in all the affected villages in Burhanpur district. A house-to-house search for chickens was carried out in the affected villages and they were buried. In all 293 chickens were killed and another 447 eggs were destroyed. 23 Rapid Response teams formed in the district have been stationed in the quarantine zone at Icchapur for seven days.
Two doctors—Dr D K Jain (veterinary extension officer, Indore) and Dr Navin Shivhare (veterinary extension officer, Sanver)— who had failed to be part of the Rapid Response Team despite being instructed to do so have been suspended.
After 10 samples were found to be positive for bird flu in Jalgaon, Maharashtra, precautionary steps are being taken in all adjoining districts of Burhanpur, Barwani, Khargone, Seoni, Balaghat, Chhindwara, Betul, and Jhabua. Around 300 samples have been sent from these districts for testing at the High Security lab in Bhopal.
Precautionary measures have also been taken in Indore. Teams of doctors are visiting local poultry farms to see whether the ban of export of chicken and its products is being maintained or not.