Puri, Dec 15 (LocalWire) Mass culling of chicken continued for the second consecutive day on Saturday at four villages under Krushna Prasad block of Puri district as a precautionary measure against bird flu, said officials.
The Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) has constituted 10 teams, including 5 for culling operations and three on stand-by.
Culling has been ordered within 1 km radius of the areas where avian influenza virus has been detected.
On Friday, around 400 chicken from two poultry farms at Maluda and Patharganj villages were culled.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government has directed schools and anganwadi centres not to include eggs in mid-day meals for children.
Sale of eggs and chicken have been banned for 10 days in Krushna Prasad block, said officials.
Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) has detected avian influenza virus in dead crows and boiler fowl found near Krushna Prasad in Chilika, on Ganjam-Puri border area.
Bird flu scare triggered among people after 31 crows were found dead at Sialia and Aladapatna villages, near Krushna Prasad under Nuapada wildlife range in Chilika wildlife range on December 8.
Several chickens also reportedly die in nearby areas at Sana Sahi after the death of the crows.