Berhampur, Dec 13 (LocalWire) 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.
“We had sent the samples for testing to the NIHSAD on December 10. The Bhopal-based organization has confirmed the samples positive in both wild and domestic birds,” said Puri Chief District Veterinary Officer (CDVO) Girija Prasad Patnaik.
As a precautionary measure, the CDVO said they would cull all birds within one-km radius of Sana Sahi on Friday.
Around 760 boilers and other birds in Sana Sahi, Gudi Padara and Patharaganja villages near Maluda would be culled.
They would also keep surveillance in around 10-km radius of the area for next several days.
While five teams have been constituted for culling the fowls, three teams were formed for taking surveillance measures and to search dead birds in these areas.
Each team has four members, he said.
The culled birds would be buried in deep pits, sources said.
Export and import of chicken and eggs would be restricted in the areas, while awareness drive will be launched.