Culling of birds begins in Assam

December 28th, 2008 - 2:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Guwahati, Dec 28 (ANI): With bird flu notified in seven new locations in Assam, culling has begun afresh in those areas.
The new areas including Manahkuchi of Hajo, Chayani Barduar block in Kamrup (Rural), Tihu-Barama of Baksa, Chachaligaon Burachowk in Nagaon, Rangamati and Aurpakmoniari Tiniali in Kamrup (Metro).
Meanwhile, culling has been completed in two affected districts of Barpeta and Bongaigaon.
A Compensation of Rs 1.45 crore rupees has so far been paid to poultry owners and so far over five lakh chicken and ducks, have been culled.
Veterinary officials have slaughtered over 300,000 chicken and ducks since late November, after the virus was detected in poultry last month in a village close to Guwahati.
The WHO has described the outbreak of bird flu in West Bengal last January, when more than four million birds were culled, as the worst ever in India. (ANI)

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