Bird flu has reportedly spread its wings in Bhubaneswar at a time when the Coronavirus scare has gripped the country.
The Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) on Monday confirmed presence of H5N1 virus among chickens kept at its farms.
After an unusual death of some chickens at the OUAT’s poultry farms on Sunday, the university authorities sent blood and stool samples of dead chickens to the Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases for test.
“The sample test report received today confirmed the presence of H5N1 virus among the poultry. Steps have been taken for culling of chickens with a one-km radius of OUAT,” said the university’s Pathology Department Head Sushen Panda.
The bird culling drive would be launched from Tuesday, he further informed.