The Karnataka government on Sunday faced a high alert against bird flu (Avian Influenza) outbreak after about 23,000 chickens died in a poultry farm at Molkera village in Humnabad taluk of Bidar district.
Following the death of a few chickens in the farm belonging to one Ramesh Gupta last week, officials of the animal husbandry and health departments visited the farm, collected samples and sent them to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal.
The institute confirmed it as H5N1 (Avian Influenza) case. On Sunday, around 23,000 chickens died in the farm. "Immediately after receiving the report, we have asked the district administration to cull the entire 1.5 lakh birds in the affected poultry farm to ensure the outbreak don’t spread," husbandry minister A Manju informed.
There were reports of birds' deaths in some poultry farms in Hubballi too.
The minister said that according to norms, all poultry birds within a radius of 1km of the affected farm should be culled and poultry farms within a radius of 3km should be strictly monitored. “We are already at it," he added, handling the situation well.
Manju said the Karnataka government has launched a massive awareness campaign for testing of birds in all poultry farms and has also set up a control room. Those who wish to get suspected cases checked or to report can contact animal husbandry department commissioner Shekar on his mobile phone (9481888905) or contact the toll-free number 104.