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Imphal bird flu outbreak: Over 1000 fowls culled

The Manipur government on Monday confirmed the outbreak of avian influenza or bird flu in one of its poultry units and got rid of over 1,000 fowls within a one-km radius of the Centre-run Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at Lamphelpat in Imphal West.

So far, over 1,500 eggs and 70 bags of feeds have been destroyed and buried.

The samples of the birds of the ICAR unit were examined by the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal, which established avian influenza.Taking a swift action on the report, Manipur chief secretary P C Lawmkunga on Sunday evening declared the outbreak of bird flu. Imphal was hit by bird flu in 2007.

All areas within the radius of 10 km of ICAR were declared 'infected and surveillance zone'. Also, movement/transportation/sale of poultry birds/products, including eggs, within the surveillance zone has been banned with immediate effect.

The action plan said that the district magistrate (Imphal West), with technical support from the VAH department, will start contingency procedures for the control of the disease. The department will set up the district's Rapid Response Team (RRT) instantly. Members of 10 RRTs of Imphal West and Imphal East districts were asked to control the spread of the disease and set up isolation centers.