An alert has been sounded across Karnataka, after the outbreak of bird flu in a privately owned poultry farm at Melkera village in Bidar district.
A total of 1.5 lakh heads of chicken of the private farm will now be culled to prevent the outbreak of avian influenza (H5N1 virus) to rest of farms and areas.
Poultry farm owners have been instructed to take precautionary measures to prevent infection of chicken with H5N1 virus.
The Health and Family Welfare Department have appealed to the public not to consume chicken infected with H5N1, since it can be transmitted to humans.
The farm owners must step-up vigil and surveillance of potential sources of infection, such as indigenous chicken and poultry farm chicken, ducks and migratory birds.
The spread of the disease not only entails loss to poultry farmers and the government because of stamping out of infected birds, but also in terms of payment of compensation to farmers and commercial loss in trade.