Bird flu alert: 50 rapid response teams to monitor poultry farms

Updated - September 12, 2016 07:47 pm IST

Published - May 22, 2016 12:00 am IST - NAMAKKAL:

Fifty rapid response teams have been formed to monitor the 1,100 poultry farms in the district, following the bird flu alert that has been sounded across Karnataka.

Bird flu was reported in a private poultry farm at Melkera village in Bidar district in Karnataka and 1.5 lakh chickens were culled.

The district administration has stepped in by forming 50 teams to monitor the farms. About four crore poultry was reared in the district for eggs and meat. Samples were taken from poultry and tested at the laboratory.

On May 12, the district administration held a meeting with owners of poultry farms asking them to take all precautionary measures.

Collector V. Dakshinamoorthy held a review meeting with officials of Animal Husbandry Department, Forest, Municipality, Town Panchayat, Revenue, Development and other local bodies at the Collectorate. Though there was no outbreak, the Collector asked officials to continue the measures that were already in place.

“Farm owners should step-up vigil of potential source of infection and officials should monitor it,” he added.

The Collector said that footpaths established at the entrance of the poultry shed should be sprayed with disinfectants to ensure sanitation on the premises.

Equipment and other feeding machines should be sprayed with disinfectants, he added.

District Revenue Officer K. Palanisamy, District Animal Husbandry Department Joint Director Dr. K. Ramalingam, deputy directors of various departments and officials participated.

Bird flu was reported in a private poultry farm in Bidar district in Karnataka

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