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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

More samples taken from poultry farms

Avian influenza

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 11

More samples were collected from 10-12 poultry farms in the Barwala belt today to prevent further spread of bird flu.

Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja said they had identified 10-12 poultry farms from where the samples were taken to contain the disease from spreading further.

"The samples have been sent for examination. The previous reports sent to Bhopal by the Jalandhar-based lab for confirmation are still awaited," he said.

* Over 20,000 birds culled so far

Over 20,000 birds have been culled so far to break the chain of the infection.

Ahuja said at least 40 rapid response teams were engaged in the drive and culling operations had been completed at two epicentres ndash; Siddharth Poultry Farm at Kheri village and Nature Poultry Farm at Ganauli village.

"Four teams will clean and disinfect these two farms tomorrow. Meanwhile, the culling has also begun at Narender Poultry Farm," the Deputy Commissioner told the Tribune.

A fresh notification will be issued tomorrow for demarcation of the infected zone.

The district authorities are being criticised for slow pace of culling operations as it could spread the virus to new areas.

The authorities aim to cull 1.66 lakh birds in the Barwala-Raipur Rani region after the detection of avian influenza.

from The Tribune

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