1L chickens Culled After Bird Flu Scare, Wild Goose Chase for Eggs

Published: 16th April 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th April 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Crates of eggs sold by a poultry farm in Thorrur village at Hayathnagar in Telangana, where bird flu was detected, were recalled by the Animal Husbandry department as part of measures to prevent the spread of infection.

The recalled poultry products would be destroyed along with over one lakh chickens that are being culled.

A team of officials was formed on Tuesday to track where the eggs were sent and how many were sold. However, quoting the farm owner, officials said that no eggs from the farm were sold in the last 10 days and that they were destroying about 90,000 eggs.

“The farm owner claims no eggs were sold in the last 10 days,” said Shakeel Ahmed, assistant director of the department.

Outbreak of bird flu, the first in Telangana, came to light on Monday triggering panic among people, particularly in Hyderabad.

However, none, including the farm owner and workers, has been found infected till date. “The precautions that need to be taken by poultry farm labourers have been passed on to all district collectors,” said Dr Y Thirupathaiah, additional director, Directorate of Animal Husbandry.

“ Bird flu is a big problem in the country. But humans were not affected during the recent outbreak. Even in  other States, including Kerala and Karnataka, where the bird flu struck last time, there were no records of humans getting infected,” Thirupathaiah added.

About 30,000 chickens were culled on Wednesday. On the whole, more than 50,000 birds have been killed since Tuesday.  Poultry feed used in the farm destroyed. Contradictory reports have created confusion over sale of eggs from the farm. An epidemiological team is to send preliminary report to the Central government.

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