Bird flu spreading in Tripura

April 28th, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by admin  

Agartala, April 28 (IANS) Bird flu is spreading to fresh areas in Tripura even as culling operations are continuing in the state, officials said Monday. More than 45,000 poultry have been culled in the Mohanpur and Bisalgarh areas since the operation began last week.

“We are getting reports of birds’ death in a large number of places from across the state and accordingly samples of blood and dead birds are being sent to the High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal for testing,” said Ashish Roy Burman, director of the Animal Resource Development (ARD) department.

He said over 3,000 birds had died in Ranir Bazar areas of west Tripura in the past few days.

The union government’s animal resource development department has sent its assistant commissioner Dipankar Biswas to supervise the culling operations.

To prevent spread of the contiguous disease, movement of vehicles to and from the affected villages has been restricted.

Over 41,000 poultry birds were slaughtered and thousands of poultry products destroyed following the first outbreak of bird flu earlier this month in the border villages of Kamalpur under Dhalai district, 150 km north of here.

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