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Aligarh chicken toll up to 10,000

OVER 7,000 chicks and chickens have died at another poultry farm in Aligarh, taking the total number of such deaths in the district to over 10,000 in the past one week.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 01:40 IST

OVER 7,000 chicks and chickens have died at another poultry farm in Aligarh, taking the total number of such deaths in the district to over 10,000 in the past one week.

The total includes the death of over 3,200 chicks at the poultry farm belonging to one Nawab of Dhoura Mafi ward. The deaths at Nawab’s farm were reported earlier.

The chief veterinary officer has sent blood samples to the Animal Diseases Laboratory in Bhopal for tests.

Sources said 7,000 chicks and chicken died of a disease at a poultry farm belonging to one Wazir Ali in Jalali town.

Ali had purchased these birds from a businessman of Gurgaon (Haryana) some 20 days ago. The district administration has imposed a ban on burning chicks and chickens.

Chief veterinary officer navendra Raghav told Hindustan Times that at both the poultry farms, chickens had died either of pneumonia, or the Ranikhet disease. But, in view of the spread of bird flu in other parts of the country, blood samples were sent to Bhopal.

Meanwhile, the sale of chickens and eggs dropped sharply here, despite an assurance from the district administration that there was no cause for panic over avian influenza, as no human infection had been reported so far. People here fear that bird flu is spreading from Maharashtra to north India and the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh.

District magistrate Rajesh Kumar Singh told Hindustan Times that he held an emergency high-level meeting to review precautionary measures.

Teams of veterinary doctors will be formed to keep an eye on each poultry farm.

However, the Aligarh government hospital has not yet set up any transit ward, nor has the health department launch an awareness campaign in the district.

The hospital’s pathology department has no facility to test serum (blood) to diagnose the disease.

First Published: Mar 23, 2006 01:40 IST