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Bird flu in Bengal

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The Press Information Bureau of the Government of India has just released the following press report:

Bird flu has been confirmed in poultry samples collected from two villages of Tehatta I block in Nadia District of West Bengal.

Samples forwarded to the ERDDL, Kolkata and High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), Bhopal have tested positive for H5 strain of Avian Influenza.

It has been decided to immediately commence the culling of birds and destruction of eggs and feed material to control further spread of the disease.

It has also been decided that the entire poultry will be culled within a radius of 3 kms. of the foci of infection. In addition to the culling strategy, surveillance will be carried out over a further radius up to 10 kilometres.

Apart from this, surveillance is being intensified throughout the State to monitor further spread of infection. West Bengal Government has been asked to furnish a daily report on the control and containment operations to the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture.

As regards compensation for loss of poultry on account of culling and destruction of birds, the rate for payment of compensation has been indicated to the State Governments. The Government of India has conveyed the decision to share costs of compensation on 50:50 basis with the State Governments and authorized State Governments to utilize funds available with them under the programme of ‘Assistance to States for Control of Animal Disease’ (ASCAD), which is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme. The payment of compensation should be ensured immediately and simultaneously to culling.

International Organizations will be notified by the Central Government at its level.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

September 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

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