Culling of birds in West Bengal, India – update

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Unseasonal rains hampered culling in Indian state West Bengal with the operations yet to begin in Purulia and Howrah districts where outbreak of avian influenza has been confirmed. Culling operations delayed by a few hours in Purulia due to bad weather.

Culling will be taken up at Kotaldi and Ramchandrapur villages of Santuri block of the district after some time, official sources said. Four teams, each comprising of ten members, have reached the blocks.

In Howrah district, where samples from Sankrail block tested positive for birdflu, two teams with a total 11 members have been formed for culling operations at Manickpur area.

The bird flu was confirmed in Purulia and Howrah districts by the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal yesterday. The bird flu has gripped 11 out of the 19 districts of West Bengal. The affected districts are Birbhum, South Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Nadia, Burdwan, Bankura, Malda, Coochbehar, Hooghly, Purulia and Howrah.

Culling was over in Hooghly, Burdwan, Bankura and South Dinajpur districts.

Nadia district magistrate Omkar Singh Meena said of the total culling target of 2 lakh birds, 1.53 lakh birds were culled in the district till last evening. It was expected to be over within a short time, he said. The target of completing culling operations in the district was hampered due to rains.

Source: Press Trust of India, India

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