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No cause for panic : Chandy

Written by: Staff
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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (UNI) About 2,500 ducklings have been culled as a preventive measure in Kollam, even as Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today there was no cause for panic in the absence of any confirmed case of bird flu in Kerala.

About 450 serum samples of birds were being airlifted to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory at Bhopal for tests, the Chief Minister told newspersons here after a meeting of the State Cabinet.

Preliminary reports indicated that the death of fouls and other birds in Malappuram, Kozhikode and some other parts of the state were not due to bird flu, he said.

Agriculture Minister K R Gauri said a total ban has been imposed on the import of manure from poultries from other states. There would also be a ban on import of chicken feed and eggs from Maharashtra.

It was also made mandatory to produce bird flu free certificate for entry of poultry from neighbouring states, she said.

In Kollam, about 2,500 ducklings were culled yesterday on the orders of the Animal Husbandary Department. The two-week-old fowls were found to have been smuggled into the state from Erode in Tamil Nadu.

Since the vendor who smuggled the ducklings failed to produce any disease free certificate, district collector B Sreenivas directed the city corporation to effect the culling process with the help of the veterinary doctors.

The ducklings were administered the sedative sodium senobarbitole in the feed before being killed last evening.

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