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Authority raises bird flu alert after the outbreak of avian influenza-H5N1 in Paradip

Kendrapara,Feb 25(UNI) The Kendrapara district administration on Sunday sounded alert in the district, particularly in Mahakalapada block , after the outbreak of avian influenza(H5N1) confirmed by the Animal Husbandry Department at neighbouring Paradip township
Kendrapara District Collector Reghu G said, Bird Flu alert has been sounded in 16 villages of Mahakalapada and a RRT team has been deployed at Ferry ghat to prevent transportation of poultry via water route from Paradip to Mahakalapada
The direction was issued after samples collected from different poultry farms and the three dead crows at Paradip Township were tested H5N1 virus positive in the laboratory of Animal Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) at Fulnakhara,the Collector said.
The Officials have collected samples from poultry outlets and sent them to Animal Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) at Fulnakhara for examination after large number of crows were found dead every other day in Badapadia and Sandhakuda area and its vicinity in port town Paradip,
After confirmation of the detection of H5N1. the Jagatsinghpur district administration also decided for culling of poultry within one km radius of the epicentre of the outbreak of Bird Flu on poultry .
According to Additional District Veterinary Officer(ADVO) of Kendrapara, Dr Pravakar Sahu asked the people not to be panicked as none of the poultry farms ,crows or duck population had so far been infected with bird flu virus or H5N1 in the district.
He, however, said as precautionary measure ,the District animal husbandry unit of Kendrapara have alerted, especially in the 16 villages of Mahakalapada block within the 10 kilometre radius from the epicentre of outbreak of bird flu.
The District administration also sounded alert in the nearby Bhitarkanika National park to take precautionary measures from possible outbreak of Bird Flu .
The District Animal Husbandry Department has formed a Rapid Response Team(RRT) at Mahakalapada block.The RRT team, consisting of the Block veterinary officer of Mahakalapada and livestock inspectors, would visit to the villages to monitor the situation,collect data,blood, swab and serum samples of the sick poultry.
The authority has asked the inhabitants of the district to immediately report if they come across any symptoms of the flu in any poultry.
The ducks and chickens are more vulnerable to bring the virus to the human settlements. Block Veterinary Officer(BVO),Mahakalapada block Raghunath Singh said and appealed to the locals not to consume the dead or sick bird meat.
The RD (Ranikheta Disease) vaccine is being provided to poultry for saving the chicken from the Ranikheta Disease since the symptom of Ranikheta disease and bird flu disease is similar in preliminary stage.
Sources said during the last three months about 800 samples,including 24 samples collected from Ramnagar of Mahakalapada block, were collected from the poultry of different areas of the district by the district unit of animal husbandry and were sent for examination
In recent past , the animal husbandry unit of the district provided RD vaccination to nearly 40,000 poultry in the district, basically in coastal pockets and also near the Bhitarkanika National Park,as a preventive measures for Bird Flu and RD.
Even, the state Animal and Husbandry Department on Saturday provided 8000 RD vaccine to the district to start vaccination drive to the left out poultry population in the 16 villages, which were situated 10 kilometres distance from the epicentre of bird flu. After that RD vaccination would be carried out in other blocks, said Sahu, the ADVO.
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