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.