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Indian state Odisha orders poultry cull after bird flu outbreak

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An eastern Indian state ordered the cull of more than 2,500 poultry after four dead crows and three dead poultry tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus.

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The bird flu virus was confirmed at Keranga village, about 35 km (22 miles) from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state, veterinary officials said, days after dozens of crows and chickens were found dead.

More than 30,000 birds were culled in a similar outbreak in the region in 2012.

"We have issued an advisory to follow immediate measures to complete culling operations, surveillance and sanitization in the infected area," Commissioner-cum-Secretary of the state's Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department Bishnupada Sethi told Reuters.

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