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Dead Chickens Found Outside Poultry Development Organisation

05 November 2012

INDIA - At least 11 chickens were found dead under unusual circumstances near the Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO) at Hesarghatta, raising fears of the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) outside the CPDO, where the outbreak of the avian flu has been notified by the Union government.

Eleven chickens of the 20 that Manikyappa Ramanna had in his farm in Hesarghatta were found dead, while three chicks and five hens belonging to Manjamma in Vinayakanagar were found dead on Saturday night, reports The Hindu.

Soon after hearing the news, veterinarians collected samples, which were sent to the Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals (IAHVB).

“Samples have been sent to IAHVB. If the results prove that the birds died of avian influenza, we have to take more stringent action that could include culling of birds in the 10-km surveillance area,” Principal Secretary of Animal Husbandry Arvind Jannu told The Hindu. He said: “We do not want to be liberal about the loss of business. If we are liberal, the result will be disastrous.”

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