Imphal | April 21
Authorities continued to cull poultry birds in Manipur on Tuesday in areas within the range of 1-10 km of ICAR complex, Lamphelpat of Imphal West, following detection of first case of bird flu on April 19.
The outbreak of avian influenza was confirmed at the poultry unit of ICAR, Lamphelpat on April 19, following which an alert was sounded in the area. The National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal detected the first case of bird flu at the poultry unit.
Workers of Animal Husbandry Department culled nearly 1500 chickens and ducks in the surrounding area of ICAR today. A day after the detection, altogether 122 poultry birds were culled yesterday by the workers of Animal Husbandry Department and they were buried inside the complex of a duck farm of the department. The department has declared areas within a radius of 1-10 km of the poultry unit as infected zone and surveillance zone. For Imphal East and Imphal West, 10 rapid action teams have been kept ready.
The department said culling of hens will be continued for the next two-three days.
Bringing in and taking out of hens and ducks and selling of poultry products in the infected zone have been banned by the authorities for three months.
Avian influenza refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses. These viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species.
Avian flu viruses do not normally infect humans. However, sporadic human infections with avian flu viruses have occurred.