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Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Bihar's Nawada District Reports Bird Flu Cases

Representative Image. (Reuters)

Representative Image. (Reuters)

Nawada District Magistrate Yashpal Meena said samples collected from a poultry farm in Rajahat village under Akbarpur block of the district have been found positive for bird flu. A total of 6,800 chicken have been culled so far.

Patna: Already grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, Bihar has also reported bird flu cases from Nawada district, officials said on Friday.

Nawada District Magistrate Yashpal Meena said samples collected from a poultry farm in Rajahat village under Akbarpur block of the district have been found positive for bird flu. A total of 6,800 chicken have been culled so far, he added.

The samples were sent for bird flu testing after the poultry farm reported chicken deaths, assistant poultry officer Dr Srinivas Kumar Sharma said, adding samples were sent on April 16 while the district authorities received the report on April 21 confirming the bird flu. The culling was carried out on April 22 and 23, he added.

Following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), the entire area within 1-km radius has been declared as "infected zone" besides declaring areas up to 10 km radius of the poultry farm as "surveillance zone", the DM said, adding

14-15 teams have been constituted for making assessment and surveillance of the area of 10 km.

As per the set procedure, chicken and eggs were buried in a pit and the area sanitised, he said, adding all poultry farms located within one km radius will be sanitised.

first published:April 24, 2020, 18:05 IST