Culling begins after bird flu outbreak in Cuttack

  1. Authorities in Cuttack, Odisha have begun mass culling of poultry after an outbreak of bird flu in the city. Samples collected from a state-run duck breeding centre had tested positive of avian influenza (Bird flu)
  2. Bird flu is a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds. It is caused by H5N1 virus, a subtype of the influenza A virus. Human infections with avian influenza occur through infected bird-to-human contact or contact with surfaces and objects contaminated by their droppings.
  3. Human-human transmission is limited. H5N1 infection in humans can cause severe disease and has a high mortality rate.