Via The Times of India: Domesticated geese culled in Chandigarh. Excerpt:
A day after the deadly avian influenza (H5N1) was detected in one of the dead geese at Sukhna Lake in the middle of Chandigarh, the 100 remaining domesticated geese were culled following a directive from the Centre on Thursday. Migratory birds residing at the lake will not be targeted since the Centre has instructed that only birds in captivity (domesticated geese) should be culled.
"There is no mortality in the migratory birds," said UT chief wildlife warden Santosh Kumar. "So, we shall adopt a policy of wait and watch as far as the migratory birds are concerned."
An estimated 35 geese had died at the lake in the past 15 days. "The Centre has not yet notified the avian flu as an 'outbreak', necessitating a mass culling of birds and poultry in a 1km radius," municipal commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said.
"The lake will remain closed to the public for an indefinite period till the area is declared disease-free. Poultry within 1km radius will be kept under surveillance." Singh said UT administrator Shivraj Patil had also been briefed about the operations to contain the disease.
Poultry business in the city and surrounding areas has not been affected by news of the bird flu since the civic administration is yet to ban the sale of poultry. Meat markets across the city reported normal trade a week ahead of Christmas.
Waking up to the threat, Punjab on Thursday constituted teams of medical officers from Mohali and deputed them to conduct a survey in the adjoining areas of Punjab around Chandigarh, especially in Kansal and Naya Gaon. Punjab health and family welfare minister Surjit Kumar Jayani directed the health department to take emergent precautionary measures to check the outbreak of the virus in Punjab.
Civil surgeons, especially in the districts around Chandigarh, have been asked to be ready with the required health infrastructure and create special isolation wards in government hospitals. The special dedicated teams of doctors have been constituted to check any kind of eventuality of the eruption of bird flu.