KOLKATA: Even as culling entered the second day in parts of West Bengal’s Malda district, where avian flu has struck, fresh deaths of poultry birds were reported from surrounding places on Wednesday, giving rise to fears of the disease spreading.
Officials of the district animal resources development department have been asked to collect samples from birds which died in the Rathua area and send them for examination, District Magistrate Sridhar Ghosh told The Hindu over telephone from Malda.
So far, more than 3,000 poultry birds have been culled in the villages surrounding the area where birds had died of the disease, he said.
More than 16,000 poultry birds were to be culled.
“Authorities in all districts of the State have been instructed to intensify surveillance in the wake of the bird flu deaths in parts of Malda district,” Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rahaman said.