Hooghly, Feb 1: Culling operations began today in the district's Chanditala-II block, under Srirampur sub-division, located 15 km from Kolkata.
Chickens will be culled in Hatpur and Janai villages and their adjacent areas today, where bird flu virus had been detected, official sources informed and added that five health department teams will be working in this block.
A target of 3,000 chickens have been set for today, while a total of 30,000 has been set for the complete three-day operation in nine villages under the block, Animal Resource Department district officer Pradip Ray said here.
About 6,000 chickens had been culled in Bansberia municipal area, where culling was conducted yesterday. The target was originally for 12,000. The culling operation here is scheduled to end by today, Mr Ray added.
Presently, 15 teams are working here today. These teams will be sent to Chanditala tomorrow. The total number of teams working there will then be 20.
Altogether, 45,000 chickens were culled in the last eight days in the district. The process is expected to continue for a few more days until the target is met.
Chief Medical Officer of Health(CMOH) Bhushan Chakraborty said that a 12-bed Isolation Ward has been opened at Chinsura district hospital, fearing possible infiltration of the virus among humans.
Although, no such case had yet been identified, yet, the CMOH has urged district administration and the people to take precautions to avoid any contamination.
Alongside, the district health department's 500-strong paramedical team is conducting awareness and blood test camps in more than 100 villages of the district.
The CMOH also admitted that many of the cullers had been reluctant to take the Tami Flu tablets that is mandatory for the them as a precautionary measdure.
Mr Chakraborty added that from today this will be made mandatory, since these cullers are more prone to being affected by the virus and have the capability of contaminating the masses.