Tripura sounds alert on bird flu

Agartala: An alert has been sounded in Tripura after the outbreak of bird flu in a State-owned poultry at R. K. Nagar near here, officials said on Saturday.

“The Tripura government has sounded an alert in the State following outbreak of avian influenza in R. K. Nagar farm (about 6 km from here) and about 3,000 ducks and chicken were culled there on Friday,” Principal Secretary of Animal Resource Development Department Sriram Taranikant told reporters.

He said a team of experts is in the State to oversee the process of culling, and preventive measures are being taken to contain its spread.

Taranikant said that poultry and egg markets within 10 km radius of the R. K. Nagar farm were closed as a precaution, and restrictions imposed on the movement of personnel working in the farm.

Strict surveillance was being maintained in the farm and adjacent areas and the entire area sanitised.