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Bird Flu Outbreak In Bhubaneswar, 12 RRTs Formed For Culling


27 January 2020

Snigdha Chandan Das


Bhubaneswar: With the confirmation of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in the poultry farm located inside the campus of College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry of OUAT in Bhubaneswar, the State Government has mobilized all its resources for control and containment of the disease.

Twelve Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) have been formed with qualified Veterinary Doctors and Para-Veterinarians to carry out the culling operation and surveillance measures. Seven teams will be engaged for culling operation within 1 km radius of the infected site and the rest five will carry out surveillance measures in the surveillance zone.

The area within 1 Km of the infected site has been declared as "Infected Zone" and area within one to 10 Kms radius of the infected site has been declared as the "Surveillance Zone." All the poultry birds within 1 Km radius of the infected site will be culled and disposed of by deep burial method with application of disinfectants like lime and bleaching powder to check any further contamination.

The RRTs within 1 km radius of the infected site will cull the poultry birds in the OUAT poultry farm and the shops and establishments in the infected zone. They will also cull the birds reared in backyard system within 1 km radius of the infected site by visiting the farmers at their door-step. As a measure of surveillance, the RRTs in the surveillance zone will collect blood, tracheal and cloaca samples from poultry birds in the surveillance zone at regular intervals.

Control Rooms are functioning at District and State level for quick dissemination of information regarding the disease. The State Level Control Room is functioning at the Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services at Mangalabag in Cuttack with telephone number 06712414310 and Fax number 06712414739. The District level Control Room is functioning at office of Sub Divisional Veterinary Officer at Saheed Nagar in Bhubaneswar with telephone number 06742540425.

The movement of poultry birds and poultry products to and from the infected zone is prohibited as a measure of control and containment of the disease. The restocking of poultry birds within 1 Km radius of the infected site will commence after 90 days of issuance of sanitization certificate by the Government. Awareness campaigns have been taken up by the Government to make people aware about the disease and precautionary measures. The spread of the virus affecting humans is extremely rare and accordingly the general public should not have any reason to panic.

Susen Panda, HOD Of Veterinary Pathology, OUAT