Over 19,000 Indian Chickens to be Culled

INDIA - More than 19,000 chicken and 13,300 emus are to be culled at the Central Poultry Development Organisation, Hesaraghtta, following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of the H5N1 sub-type.
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The Press Trust of India (PTI), reports that the outbreak has already killed more than 3,600 turkeys in the past two weeks.

As many as 120 chickens died yesterday (Monday 29th) and 86 chickens and 17 ducks on Saturday (27th), Animal Husbandry Secretary Arvind Ramachandra Jannu told PTI.

The outbreak started on 12 October at the Hessarghatta Turkey Unit at the Central Poultry Development Organization in Bangalore.

The source of infection is unknown or inconclusive, according to a report submitted to the OIE.

An epidemiological investigation is ongoing. An intensive surveillance campaign has been launched in a 10-km radius zone.

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