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Bird Flu controlled in Bangalore farm: Official

Posted on Nov 04, 03:20PM | UNI

Saying that the outbreak of H5-N1 avian influenza is under control in the city after it broke out at the Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO) in Hesaraghatta last week, a Karnataka Animal Husbandry Department official said surveillance in a ten km radius of the affected institution is in progress.

Animal Husbandry Department Principal Secretary Arvind Jannu told UNI today that the department health workers continued the cleaning and disinfection process of the sprawling farm on the outskirts of the city.

Yesterday, 21 sheds were cleaned up and the material disposed of as per Central government norms, he said in a release here.

Surveillance in a ten km radius of the affected institution was in progress. The department had collected 27 serum samples and 27 cloacal samples from six villages around Hesaraghatta.

"Till Saturday, 455 serum and 458 cloacal samples have been collected from 181 households and 28 poultry farms in 70 villages, and sent to the laboratory for investigation," he added.

No unusual death in birds were reported in the surveillance zone or in any part of the State.

Over 33,000 birds, including chicken, ducks, turkeys, emus and ostrich reared at the farm had been culled and scientifically disposed of after the Union Government announced the outbreak of the disease at CPDO on October 25, he added.