Avian flu: Over 1.60 lakh poultry birds to be culled in Haryana’s PanchkulaPTI | Chandigarh | Updated: 08-01-2021 16:27 IST | Created: 08-01-2021 16:16 IST
Over 1.60 lakh birds of five poultry farms in Haryana's Panchkula district are set to be culled as some poultry samples there have tested positive for the avian flu, Agriculture minister J P Dalal said on Friday.
"Five poultry samples of Siddharth Poultry Farm at Raipur Rani block in Panchkula were found positive for the H5N8 strain of avian flu. It is an influenza virus," Dalal said while talking to reporters here.
The samples were sent to a laboratory in Bhopal and their reports have come now, the minister added.
The employees of these poultry farms too would be examined by the health department, Dalal further said.
They would also be given anti-viral medicines, he further said.
Panchkula's Barwala-Raipur Rani area is one of the largest poultry belts in the country with 70-80 lakh birds in more than 100 farms.
The mortality rate in poultry birds was unusually high in this winter season.
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