Poultry culling continues for 3rd day in Paradip area

Bhubaneswar: Culling of poultry continued for the third consecutive day on Tuesday in Paradip township area in Jagatisnghpur district after avian influenza virus H5N1 was detected in some birds.

As many as 800 birds were culled on two days on Sunday and Monday in Badapadia and Shandhakuda markets. This apart, hundreds of eggs were dumped.

Today, a three-member Central team has also visited the town to take stock of the situation. The team had talked to district wildlife officials yesterday.

The wildlife teams would cull chicken and ducts at Nuabazaar area today, said reports.

Meanwhile, the district administration has banned the consumption of chicken and eggs within the 1-km radius of the area where the virus has been detected. It has also banned the supply of chickens and eggs to Paradip for next three months.

Jagatsinghpur Chief District Veterinary Officer (CDVO) Dr Ramesh Behera and Paradip Municipality Health Officer Dr Rajendra Nayak are monitoring the situation.