Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Jan 7:

Poultry culling will begin from Kacharu village of Kuanrmunda block in Odisha’s Sundargarh district after blood samples tested positive for H5N1.


According to reports, the blood samples collected from the village have tested positive for the avian influenza. The samples were sent to a laboratory in Bhopal.

Death of backyard poultries (domesticated chickens) was reported in Kacharu village on January 2 this year.

Notably, some birds were found drop dead in Indira Gandhi (IG) Park of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) and carcasses of several crows were found around CISF campus near Bisra Square in December last creating panic among locals.

While Park was closed for visitors, an alert was sounded around one km from the two areas.

Worth mentioning that earlier in December last year, the avian influenza was detected in Keranga village in Khurda district following which culling of poultry and eggs was undertaken.