In a bid to keep the city insulated from bird flu knocking at its doorstep, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has formed eight teams to monitor the situation in Kolkata even as the culling operations were hampered due to unseasonal rains in the 11 affected districts including Murshidabad where the disease spread to two more blocks on Saturday.
"The KMC has formed eight teams to maintain a strict vigil to keep the metropolis insulated from bird flu which has already reached adjoining Howrah and Hooghly district," Animal Resources Development (ARD) secretary Dilip Chakraborty said.
The teams were moving in different parts of the city to monitor the situation, he said. The rains, however, raised hopes that the virus would not spread to other areas.
"The culling operation is affected in some places due to rains. But scientists say that the rains also prevent spread of the virus," ARD minister Anisur Rehman told PTI from Murshidabad.
Stating that nearly 13.50 lakh birds had been culled in the state so far, he said, adding another eight lakh remained to be culled and the work was expected to be completed within the next two days.
Culling teams in the neighbouring Howrah district, where samples from the Sankrail block tested positive for bird flu on Friday, could not start work due to heavy rains in the morning on Saturday.
Murshidabad District Magistrate Subir Bhadra said the samples sent from Kandi and Beldanga (II) blocks to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory at Bhopal tested positive today.