In order to take control of the situation after bird flu cases were detected in Thane, officials have assured no cause for concern in other parts of Maharashtra.
The news: The district animal husbandry department has been ordered to take measures to control the infection.
- As many as 100 chickens were found dead at a poultry farm in Vehloli village of Shahapur tehsil in Thane district on Friday.
- Samples collected from the dead birds were sent to a Pune-based laboratory for testing and the results confirmed that they had died due to H5N1 avian influenza.
- Officials informed that around 25,000 birds within a one-kilometre radius of the affected poultry farm will be killed within the next few days.
- Apart from the bird flu cases reported from Shahapur, no cases have been detected in any other part of the district.
- In compliance with the standard operating procedure at least 15,600 broiler birds had been culled in Shahapur till Friday morning.
- Apart from this, 7,962 layer birds, 20 ducks, 980 eggs, litter feed, etc, have also been culled, and the process of culling is underway.
- The district administration is monitoring the situation closely to prevent the spread to other locations, the official said.