Bengaluru, Jan 3: As many as 900 fowls were culled after the avian influenza virus was detected in a dead bird here, civic officials said on Wednesday. “A chicken was found dead on December 29 at a chicken shop in (suburban) Dasarahalli area and it was confirmed after lab tests that the bird was infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus,” Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Joint Commissioner S. Nagaraju told IANS.
Samples from the dead bird were sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal and had tested positive, he said. “On orders from the Animal Husbandry Department, we have culled a total of 900 birds so far within the region where the infected bird was found,” he said.
H5N1 virus-infected birds spread the virus through their saliva, mucus and faeces. Although the virus does not usually infect people, it can cause fever, diarrhoea, respiratory illnesses in some affected people.
The Animal Husbandry Department had on Tuesday declared an area of 1km radius from where the bird was found dead as the “infected zone” and an area of 10km radius as the “surveillance” zone. It also ordered meat shops in the infected region to be shut down.
“Meat-selling outlets within 1 km radius from the site where the infected bird was found have all been sealed and we are also inspecting the area in a 10 km radius for any possible virus-infected birds,” Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Rajkumar Khatri said. (IANS)