March 11, 2013
Chickens culled in Bihar, India, due to bird flu outbreak
Hundreds of chicken and a large quantity of eggs are exterminated in the district of Purnea, Bihar, India, due to a recent bird flu outbreak, according to local officials.
Purnea district magistrate, Manish Verma, said that the administration had issued bird flu alert as a preventive measure.
He added that bird flu was detected after 300 birds from a government poultry farm died suddenly about a few days ago.
"We sent blood samples for test. The results confirmed bird flu," Verma said.
Verma had ordered the culling of the birds as a precautionary measure to control the spread of the bird flu virus.
An official from the animal husbandry department said that 15 teams of officials have been organised to monitor the spread of bird flu and ensure that birds and eggs were not send outside Purnea.
"All entries of the border along the district have been sealed and additional officials deployed to prevent traders from sending birds outside," an official said.
Purnea is a major supplier of chicken across Bihar and neighbouring West Bengal.