Culling of infected birds begins in Tripura

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Agartala, Apr 8 : Authorities in Tripura today began culling of poultry birds, infected with H5N1 virus, in the remote villages of the state.

Around 100 health workers wearing protective suits and masks began collecting chicken and ducks from eight villages in Dhalai district, where 3,000 birds died in the past week.

"There is a confirmed bird flu situation in Mohanpur. This is the place where we are supposed to go right now. The decision has been taken to cull all birds there, particularly poultry and ducks. We have to cull all and the entire stock," said Dr Ashish Roy Burman, Director, Tripura's Animal Resources Development Department.

Ishup Mian, a villager said that every poultry owner has brought birds for culling, and would get compensation in return.

Farmers would receive compensation at the rate of Rs 2 per egg, Rs 20 for a chick, Rs 50 per egg-laying adult chicken and Rs 75 per duck.

At least 21 rapid-action teams were formed to carry out culling of birds in the affected area.

On Sunday, the state administration had confirmed the presence of avian influenza virus in the Kamalpur area of Dhalai district.

ANI

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