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Bird flu scare: 25,000 bird to be culled in Maharashtra

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.
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