Bird flu back in Bengal
Fresh cases of bird flu have been reported again in Bengal, hardly a couple of weeks after the government completed culling of birds in 14 districts in the state.
The deadly disease had hit Margram village in Birbhum first on January 14 and then spread to 13 other districts.
Deaths of chickens were also reported from Dubrajpur area in Birbhum during the past few days. On Saturday, bird flu was reported in two villages Nayamukundapur and Bothra in Raghunathganj and Jiyaganj blocks respectively in Murshidabad district.
About 900 chickens died in the two villages showing symptoms of bird flu in the past 10 days. Several samples of the chicken carcasses were sent to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal for confirmation of bird flu. The samples were tested positive.
The state animal resource development (ARD) department minister Anisur Rahman said, “Fresh bird flu cases were reported in two new villages in two blocks in Murshidabad. Fresh culling operation will start within five kms range of the two affected villages from Monday. There is no need to spread panic. More than 50 teams will be engaged for culling operation in the area.”
About 1500 chickens died in three villages Metela, Jhaptara and Goondara in the Birbhum’s Dubrajpur police during past five days apreading panic among the villagers. District ARD department said that several samples of carcasses would be sent to the Bhopal laboratory.
Metela is the worst affected village where almost 900 chickens have died.
The state government has so far culled around 40 lakh of poultry birds and ducks in the 14 districts since January 14.