Outbreak of bird flu in Bihar
According to an official all preventive measures are being taken to prevent further spread of the flu.
According to Rajesh Kumar, director of state animal husbandry department, he has 'ordered the administration to keep a close watch on the situation for two months'.
"Three blocks in the district have been declared high risk zones. H5N1 virus was detected in chickens last week," Kumar was quoted saying.
A sanitation drive in neigbouring districts has also been launched as a preventive measure. "Now the situation is under control but more birds would be culled as a precautionary step. The administration had issued bird flu alert as a preventive measure. We are fully prepared to deal with an outbreak," he was quoted saying.
As of now a team of 15 officials have been formed to 'check the spread of bird flu'. They will also have to ensure that no birds or eggs from the district are sent outside. Neigbouring districts have also been alerted.
On March 11, more than 2,000 chickens were culled and a large quantity of eggs destroyed in Bihar's Purnea district. Purnea is a major supplier of chicken across Bihar with fowl and eggs from the district being sent to West Bengal.