Bird flu in K'taka district

About 1,30,000 chickens on a farm in Karnataka's Bidar district will be culled as a precautionary measure after a laboratory report identified avian influenza (H5N1) virus as the reason behind the deaths of thousands of chickens there. “On May 5, at a chicken farm about 20,000 chickens died. To identify the disease we had sent the samples to a laboratory in Bhopal. The report confirmed the cause to be H5N1 virus,“ according to state minister for animal husbandry and sericulture A Manju.
The farm where the chickens have died is in Molakera village in Humnabad taluk, and belongs to a person named Ramesh Gupta and the remaining 1.3 lakh chickens would be culled in one or two days.
The government has already prohibited sale of chickens from the farm and one km around its radius.

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