H5N1 confirmed, over 150 birds culled
Summary: Ramesh Prajapati, a paan seller, has his stall touching the boundary of the culling site. “But when we asked the cops, they told us that some birds were being killed by the corporation. Ahmedabad: In a swift late-night operation on Friday, the animal husbandry department culled more than 159 birds, including a duck and three pigeons, at the makeshift bird rescue centre at Sarva Dharma Raksha Trust situated near St Xavier’s School Loyola Hall. He further said that he came to know about the culling from the media.Kishan Sharma, a senior citizen, said they were not even aware that birds had been culled in the area. Later on Friday, the department sealed the site and declared it dangerous to go inside.
Ahmedabad: In a swift late-night operation on Friday, the animal husbandry department culled more than 159 birds, including a duck and three pigeons, at the makeshift bird rescue centre at Sarva Dharma Raksha Trust situated near St Xavier’s School Loyola Hall. Three infected birds, including a duck, a rock pigeon (common pigeon) and guineafowl, were also among those culled.Animal husbandry department officials said that the decision to cull the birds was taken after officials received a mail from the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal. The mail stated that the samples of guineafowl droppings sent to them were bird flu positive and infected by the H5N1 virus.It was on January 3 that one Banarasilal Sonkar, a resident of Allahabad, had left these birds in a shallow wasteland on SP Ring Road, Vastral.
Of the 1,400 birds, around 155 were brought to the makeshift rescue centre in Memnagar locality.However, despite the protocol mandating that the area should be sealed, neither the AMC nor the animal husbandry department carry out an awareness exercise. Ramesh Prajapati, a paan seller, has his stall touching the boundary of the culling site.”My stall is near the affected site,” Prajapati said. “On Friday, I came here and set up my makeshift shop with other vendors.
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