Bird flu resurfaces in Tripura

Bird flu resurfaces in TripuraAgartala, Jan 25 - Bird flu or avian influenza has resurfaced in Tripura, an official said here Wednesday.

Tripura animal resources development department secretary Swapan Saha told reporters: "Samples of sick poultry birds from the ICAR (Indian Council of Agriculture Research) duck farm at Lembuchara in western Tripura were found to contain H5 strain of avian influenza virus."

"Culling of 2,000 ducks and birds at the ICAR farm will start Friday," Saha said, adding that the culling of poultry birds and ducks in the adjoining villages would also start simultaneously.

Tripura Chief Secretary S. K. Panda held a high-level meeting with senior officials after the high-security Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Bhopal confirmed the incidence of the disease.

Saha said 16 rapid response teams have been formed to cull the ducks and birds at ICAR farm and adjoining villages.

"The Border Security Force (BSF) has been alerted to check entry of ducks and birds from across the border," the official said.

Tripura, bordering Bangladesh, had earlier also been affected by bird flu - forcing the authorities to cull lakhs of ducks and poultry birds. (IANS)