Kozhikode, March 10 : Even as the culling and disinfecting of an area of one km radius from the epicentre where Bird Flu was reported, the death of bats in Karaserry near Kodiyathoor in the outskirts of the district and few crows found dead in Vengeri on Tuesday morning has made the district administration take things in a wider perspective and investigate the cause of these deaths and rule out the possibilities of outbreaks of other diseases.
It was in Vengeri and West Kodiyathoor that the bird flu was first reported on Saturday. As part of containing the disease spreading to nearby areas, it was decided to cull the chickens and birds in the one km radius of the two poultry farms in these two places. As many as 3900 birds have already been culled and buried in the last two days.
The culling continued for a third day on Tuesday. It was amidst the culling operations that about a dozen bats were reported dead in Karaserry, about four kilomoters from West Kodiyathoor and dead crows were found in Vengeri on Tuesday morning. The Health and Animal Husbandry department sources said the dead birds have been collected and send for testing to rule out the possibilities of Nipah Virus and or H1N1 flu. Though the district authorities have ruled out the possibilities of any outbreak of bird flu in the nearby areas, the officials are making all efforts to ensure that not only is Bird flu contained but other viruses as well. (UNI)