Monday, October 29, 2012

India #H5N1 Hesaraghatta Central Poultry Development Organization (CPDO) Culls Thousands

October 29, 2012
In the wake of outbreak of birdflu that caused deaths of thousands of turkeys reared at the Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO) in Hesaraghatta here during last week, the authorities today ordered culling of over 19,000 chicken, 13,000 ducks and 300 emus within the farm to contain the Avian Influenza.

The sprawling farm on the outskirts of the city, which has been notified by the union government for the outbreak of highly athogenic Avian Influenza on October 25, had witnessed 220 chicken and ducks also die to the viral fever since Saturday.

Earlier over 3,000 turkeys had died due to the disease. High alert has been sounded in the surrounding areas, including 68 villages in the 10-km area around the sprawling central project on the outskirts of the city after avian influenza (H5N1) had claimed over 3,600 Turkeys at CPDO over the last fortnight.

Disease surveillance process has been activated and a radius of one km around CPDO has been declared as infected zone. However, the bird flu had not affected any people living in the vicinity of CPDO or any unusual death of birds were noticed in the surveillance zone, a top official said in the release here tonight.

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