Bhubaneswar, Jan 16 (UNI) The Orissa government today banned the import of poultry from neighbouring West Bengal to the state in the wake of outbreak of bird flu there.
Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Bishnupada Sethi said though the state did not depend on West Bengal for poultry, the government did not want to take any chance and banned the import of poultry products as a precautionary measure.
More than 30,000 chickens died in around one hundred villages of Birbhum district and in one state farm in Dinajpur district of West Bengal over the last one week.
The High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal confirmed the presence of pathogenic avian influenza H5 virus in the affected poultry.
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