15 April, Hyderabad
Over one lakh fifty thousand poultry birds have been culled in Andhra Pradesh after H5N1 – Avian Influenza outbreak at a farm near Hyderabad. The outbreak of bird-flu is the first time in Telangana ever since it was detected in the country in 2006.
The state Animal Husbandry senior official Tirupathaiah informed that the Bhopal based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) has confirmed the infection from all the samples tested.
Following this, the state authorities have swung into action and about 300 personnel after taking all precautions, began bird culling within a radius of one kilometer from the affected farm. The poultry owners have been cautioned in about 10 kilometer radius to the farm to remain alert and inform the authorities in case of finding any bird flu symptoms.
The state authorities also alerted the neighbouring states like Maharastra and Karnataka about the bird influenza.
Meanwhile, a Central team of experts is expected to land in Telangana to gauge the severity and intensity of the bird flu.