Culling operation, which was delayed in bird flu-hit Jalpaiguri district, on Saturday began with 40 teams fanning out to the affected blocks even as people engaged in the drive were quarantined in Malda district.
Culling which was scheduled to begin yesterday morning, but was delayed as the team members were busy chalking out their plan of action at the office of the deputy director of animal resources department, official sources said.
The teams could reach the affected area of Mondolghat only at 6 pm, the sources said
The district administration has set a target of culling 46,000 chicken in Jalpaiguri Sadar and Moynaguri blocks by Sunday.
Since there is no big poultry farm in the affected villages, the teams set out for the blocks today to make door-to-door survey to find out the presence of backyard poultry.
A three-member team is arriving from New Delhi to supervise the operation, District Magistrate Ramchandra Ranjit said.
A report from Malda said two hundred personnel who had carried out culling in the district were quarantined at the district sports authority hostel as a precautionary measure.
Three workers who had developed flu-like symptoms have recovered, Chief Medical Officer RR Banik said.
Altogether 23,500 birds were killed during culling and mopping up operations in Malda district till March 26.
Jalpaiguri, Malda and Murshidabad were declared birdflu-hit in a fresh outbreak of avian influenza during the last fortnight.