Never miss a great news story!
Get instant notifications from Economic Times
AllowNot now

You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.

Politics and Nation

Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Bird Flu, Avian influenza, confirmed in poultry samples from Nadia in West Bengal

An agriculture ministry statement here said that affected samples were found in two villages (Tehatta 1 block) in Nadia district.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Sep 20, 2011, 04.58 PM IST
NEW DELHI: With bird flu being confirmed in poultry samples from Nadia district in W Bengal, the Centre has asked the state government to immediately start culling of birds within a 3km radius of the foci of infection. Destruction of eggs and feed material have also been ordered to control spread to other regions.

The Central government will notify international organsiations urgently, on its part, on the developments.

It has 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. Compensation for these will be paid, simultaneous to start of culling, on a 50:50 sharing basis between the Centre and the State under the “Assistance to States for Control of Animal Diseases” or ASCAD,which is a Central scheme, immediately, an official statement here said.

An agriculture ministry statement here said that affected samples were found in two villages (Tehatta 1 block) in Nadia district. The samples were forwarded to the ERDDL, Kolkata and High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), Bhopal where they tested positive for H5 strain of Avian Influenza.

“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,” an official statement here said. .

The Centre has advised a series of strategic actions to be taken immediately in the area by the Animal Husbandry and Public Health Departments. These include declaration of infected and surveillance areas, ban on movement of poultry and its products in the infected area/closure of poultry and egg markets and shops within a radius of 10 kms. from the infected site, ban on movement of farm personnel, restricting access to wild and stray birds, restricting access to the infected premises, destruction of birds, disposal of dead birds and infected materials; clean-up and disinfection followed by sealing of the premises and issue of sanitization certificate, post operations surveillance, imposition of legislative measures etc. along with necessary measures laid down in the Contingency Plan (2005) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Also Read

Centre confirms outbreak of bird flu in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: 900 fowls culled; health department runs awareness campaign to contain bird flu

India declares itself free from bird flu

Suspected bird flu wipes out all painted storks at Gwalior zoo

Bird flu: Dudhwa National Park on high alert

Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.
Download The Economic Times Business News App for the Latest News in Business, Sensex, Stock Market Updates & More.

Other useful Links

Follow us on

Download et app

Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service