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Sep 01 2012
With bird flu panic gripping Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas for the past few days, the state
husbandry department has decided to send the blood samples of the
chickens to a Bhopal research laboratory. The Belgachia lab here did not
find any H5N1 positive case.
Animal Resources Development (ARD) Minister Noor-e-Alam
Chowdhury, said bird flu was not behind the fowl deaths and said samples
will be sent to Bhopal. “Following their confirmation, we can say
whether there has been an occurrence of bird flu in that area,” he said.
The unusual death of a large number of poultry triggered the
panic. Officials of ARD Department on Friday said there has been no
report of fresh case of bird death from the area. They suspect that
chickens may have been given stale food that resulted in their
A senior official of the ARD department said the preliminary
blood test reports confirmed that the birds died not due to bird flu but
because of some “unnatural disease”.
A team of officials from ARD today inspected the poultry in
Swarupnagar, where its sale has been stopped. Around 40 commercial
poultry farms have been sealed in four panchayat areas of North
24-Parganas — Baduria, Kakrasuti, Lakshmikantapur and Nayabandh — where
about 50,000 chickens died, a few days ago.
Quarantine measures like spraying lime has been started within
one square kilometre area where the bird deaths took place, according to
the guidelines of the Animal Husbandry department of the Union
It may be noted that in 2011, bird flu spread in parts of Tehatta in
Nadia and the government gave around Rs 17 lakh as compensation to
around 4,000 poultry farmers. Officials of the ARD department said this
year, a total of around Rs 25 lakh has been allotted to control the
disease of animals and preventive measures, therefore, should be taken
earlier to prevent any outbreak.
Govt hiding facts: CPM
Leader of the Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra on Friday criticised
the government and said the state government is trying to hide facts
regarding bird flu. He said “he was confirmed that bird flu panic has
gripped North 24-Parganas and that the government is trying to hide
facts”. “There is no need to take all ministers along with secretaries
on district tours. The secretaries have their work in the field too”, he
said. The need of the government is to send the blood samples of the
dead birds to laboratories in Bhopal and Pune for testing, he added.