Test confirms Hajo bird flu

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By Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 27.11.08

Guwahati, Nov. 27: The Kamrup district administration tonight ordered culling of poultry in Rajapara village near Hajo after tests for bird flu proved positive.

Deputy commissioner R.C. Jain said he was informed of the test results this evening and accordingly sent out orders to cull the birds.

“We have been ready since yesterday. But now the culling will start tomorrow,” Jain said.

The administration had sent samples of the dead birds to the High Security Laboratory in Bhopal on Monday after 324 poultry died last week.

Jain said Thakuriapara in Rajapara under Hajo police station had 59 families, of which 24 rear poultry in their backyard on a commercial scale.

The deputy commissioner said 20 teams had been formed to carry out the culling operations and all the associated paraphernalia were in place.

The movement of birds had earlier been restricted to a radius of 5km of Thaku- riapara to prevent the disease from spreading, though till this evening veterinarians only suspected it to be bird flu.

A senior veterinary official from Delhi, A.B. Negi, arrived in Hajo yesterday for observation and supervision of the operations if the need arose.

Jain said nearly 30,000 birds would be culled. “The entire operation is likely to take about three days,” he said.

For each small chicken culled, a cash compensation of Rs 20 would be paid to the owner, while Rs 50 is the rate for bigger birds.

For ducks, the compensation ranges from Rs 75 to Rs 160 depending on their size and breed.

Each egg that is destroyed, on the other hand, will fetch Rs 2 as compensation.

“We will pay the compensation on the spot,” Jain said.

The official said there was no need to ban the sale of poultry elsewhere in the state because of bird flu in one village.

Hajo, which is about 40km from here, meets a significant size of Guwahati’s poultry requirement.