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Culling on war footing in Navapur: Deshmukh

The government has opened a 26-bed special ward in the district.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 23:09 IST

Maharashtra government has undertaken on a war-footing culling of chicken, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said in Nandurbar on Monday.

The government has opened a 26-bed special ward in the district hospital to treat suspected cases of bird flu.

Deshmukh told reporters that 49 poultry farms in and around Navapur had the capacity of holding 9.66 lakh birds.

As of now, there were 1.30 lakh birds in the poultry farms which will be culled. About 20,000 birds have been culled since Sunday.

He said that additional 15 machines have been brought in at Navapur to dig pits to bury culled birds and also safety clothing and gear was being provided in adequate quantity to the staff on duty.

By Tuesday evening, all the birds suspected to have contracted bird flu will be culled, Deshmukh said.

A 36-member team is carrying door-to-door survey to locate bird flu cases and get them admitted to special wards, he said.

As of now, only two cases have been quarantined, that of mother and her child, Deshmukh said.

The chief minister denied in the presence of Animal Husbandary Minister Anees Ahmed that the blood samples have been sent to a laboratory in London to have a second opinion on the prevalance of bird flu in India.

Ahmed had said on Sunday that samples have been sent to London laboratory, in view of the demand made by poultry farm owners.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 17:50 IST