Puri: An outbreak of avian influenza, also called bird flu, has been reported from Puri’s Krushnaprasad block after samples collected from different poultry farms and the dead crows tested positive for the H5N1 virus, informed Chief District Veterinary Officer Girija Pattnaik.
The veterinary officials had collected samples from poultry outlets and sent them for examination. Of the 20 chicken samples sent to Bhopal for testing, four were found positive. The report has confirmed the detection of H5N1, officials said on Thursday.
“Four villages have been declared bird flu-affected,” said Fisheries & ARD Department Secretary Vishal Gagan, adding that there is no need to panic as these chickens were not supplied to markets.
A drive to eliminate hens and poultry birds have been launched in the area as preventive measures. The drive will be immediately carried out in the affected areas of Maluda, Sanasahi, and Patharaganja.
Besides, the sale of eggs and poultry animals has been banned in the affected area for ten days.
Meanwhile, the district administration has also directed government schools and Anganwadi centres not to serve eggs as part of mid-day meal, informed Krushnaprasad BDO Ashok Kumar Mohanty.
A few days earlier, many birds were found dead in 8-10 villages under Krushnaprasad block in the district. Panic gripped the locals of Brahmagiri following the death of over 2000 chickens in Maluda area.