Avian influenza, popularly known as bird flu, was confirmed in Nadia district in West Bengal. "Bird flu has been confirmed in poultry samples collected from two villages of Tehatta I block Nadia district of West Bengal," says the official statement. Samples sent to ERDDL Kolkata and High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) Bhopal tested positive for the H5 avian influenza virus, he added. The government ordered the immediate culling and destruction of eggs and feed material to control the spread of the disease, it said. "It was also decided that the entire poultry will be culled within a radius of three kilometers (km) of foci of infection. In addition to the culling strategy, surveillance will be carried out for a further range of up to 10 kilometers," he added. Government of West Bengal has been requested to provide a daily report on the control and containment operations in the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries. Centre advised declaration of infected and surveillance areas, ban on movement of poultry products in the infected area / closure of poultry and egg markets and shops within a radius of 10 km from the infected site, the statement said. The ban on the movement of farm personnel, restricting access to wild and stray birds, restricting access to the infected premises, destruction of birds, disposal of dead birds and contaminated materials were also encouraged, he added.
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