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Culling completed at Williamnagar

 SHILLONG, Jan 22 – Culling of birds in Williamnagar town of East Garo Hills district and in 35 villages within a 10-km radius of the town has been completed, official sources said today.

 Culling of birds had started after the Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) confirmed H1N1 virus in blood samples of fowls collected from a government-run poultry farm in the district on January 11.

“Culling and disinfection operation in Williamnagar town came to an end after a final disinfection and decontamination in all 498 households yesterday,” Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said.

An amount of Rs 7,56,231 will be paid to the affected farmers and bird owners from 35 villages within 10 km from the epicentre whose livestock were subjected to culling operation by the authorities, Bakshi said.

He, however, said, 15 rapid response teams would be kept in a quarantined designated location in the district headquarters to ward off any possible spread of the virus.

Bakshi said blood samples of fowls from 10 km surveillance area will have to be sent every fortnight for the next two months to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory.

Meanwhile, sale, import and export of poultry and poultry products is still banned in the Garo Hills. – PTI

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