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Gujarat Govt begins disinfecting poultry farms

All the poultry farms are being cleaned and disinfected thoroughly now that culling has been completed.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 16:19 IST

Gujarat government has begun the process of cleaning up all poultry farms in Surat district and those close to Navapur in Maharashtra as a preventive measure against the bird flu, official sources saidin Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

All the poultry farms are being cleaned and disinfected thoroughly now that culling has been completed in Gujarat, the sources said.

More than 73,000 fowl were culled since the operation got a go-ahead from authorities two days ago, they said.

Meanwhile, officials are also currently preventing the movement of chickens within the state and also its entry into Gujarat from any state, the sources said.

The government has also begun disbursing compensation cheques to the poultry farm owners and have so far given Rs 30 lakhs as compensation.

Municipal corporations have also issued notices to several chicken traders, restaurants and eating joints to maintain hygienic conditions, the sources said.

Veterinary experts and health experts are working round the clock at Uchal taluka of Surat and surrounding areas to ensure that there is no outbreak of bird flu among humans.

The administration has also provided protective gear has to all those connected with the industry and involved in handling poultry.