Bird flu suspected in India's Tripura State as 300 chicken die
( Irna ) - At least 300 chicken have died at a government-run poultry in northeastern Indian state of Tripura prompting authorities to send samples for laboratory tests to confirm if there was incidence of bird flu in the state, officials said in state capital, Agartala Thursday.
The deaths were reported in the last two days at a poultry farm of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, a training-cum-demonstration center for farmers, at village Chebri in Khowai sub-division, 85 km west of Agartala, IANS said.
"We have collected samples of the dead birds and sent them to different laboratories outside Tripura to confirm if the chickens died of bird flu or any other disease," said Samarendra Das, assistant director of Tripura's animal resource development department.
"The symptoms of the deaths do not indicate that these birds were affected by avian influenza. However, we have to confirm beyond doubt."
Authorities were monitoring the situation closely. "The state government has asked the Border Security Force (BSF) and Mobile Task Force (MTF) to seal the 856-km long India-Bangladesh border along Tripura to check smuggling of any poultry products from Bangladesh," said Pranab Debbarma, Tripura's animal resource development minister.
Manipur, another neighboring state of Tripura, had last week sounded an alert after bird flu was confirmed there.
Debbarma said, "The state's nearly 11,000 poultry farmers had brought chicks from Kolkata and not from the north-eastern states."