Paradip ban on poultry

MEN OF ACTION: Members of a rapid response team in Paradip. Telegraph picture

Paradip: The Jagatsinghpur district administration has prohibited the sale of eggs, chickens, ducks for two months in Paradip and nearby areas after two samples of duck and crow taken from the port town had tested positive for the H5N1 virus.

The import and sale of all poultry products, particularly eggs and chickens, have been prohibited till May 7.

This is a precautionary measure being taken to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious bird flu, said Jagatsinghpur collector Yamini Sadangi.

The culling of poultry birds has come to an end. Nearly 3,000 poultry birds were culled by rapid response team constituted for the purpose. The affected poultry farmers would be compensated according to government rules.

Samples of three crows, two chickens and a duck tested flu positive last month at the Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI), Odisha. The reports were later confirmed by National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal.

The flu alert remains in force for areas that lie within a 10km radius of Paradip port town where the positive flu cases have been reported from. The bordering blocks of Mahakalpada and Marshaghai (Kendrapara district), besides Kujang and Erasama (Jagatsinghpur district), have also come under flu surveillance. These areas have been categorised as "infected area" and has been notified as "surveillance zone", said the Jagatsinghpur collector.

Rapid response teams have been constituted in all the blocks put under surveillance. A veterinary assistant surgeon, two livestock inspectors, one gomitra, zila parisad members and social workers are the members of each team. A joint field survey by the veterinary wing and health department officials are currently under way to inspect the poultry farms.

The team of officials is, however, yet to sight sickness symptoms in the birds. We have advised the poultry farmers to segregate the birds found drooping from other birds, said chief district veterinary officer Ramesh Chandra Behera.


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