Odisha government on Sunday culled more than 7000 poultry birds in a central government run farm following confirmation of a bird flu case.
The culling operation began after the state government received a direction from the Union government to cull all poultry birds within a three-km radius from the farm of Central Poultry Development Organisation (CDPO).
Fisheries and animal resource development director Benudhar Dash said a total of about 40,000 birds would be culled in the operation in the next few days.
The operation involved about 40 experts and veterinary officials. Pits were dug in the farm to bury the culled birds and elaborate arrangements made to disinfect the area.
Dash said the state government had sent three poultry samples from CDPO to High Security Animal disease Laboratory in Bhopal after the death of several chicken. "One of the samples tested positive for H5N1 virus," he said.
The CDPO has more than 30,000 birds, mostly rare varieties used for breeding like Banraja, Kalinga Brown and RIR. The surrounding areas have another 10,000, officials said.
The state government had earlier undertaken similar operation in January second week culling about 40,000 around 20 villages in Khurda, Mayurbhanj and Angul districts to check spread of birdflu following the advice of a central government expert team.