Turkish neighborhood in Balikesir put under isolation over bird flu

Turkey’s Edincik neighborhood of a town in Bandirma in the northwestern province of Balikesir was quarantined on Sunday after bird flu was found on chickens.

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Edincik neighborhood in the Turkish town of Bandirma in Balikesir was placed under quarantine on Sunday after 40,000 chickens were found to be infected by bird flu. 

Head Official of the District Ali Manti informed, “entries to the town and exits have been banned. The suspected animals were destroyed under supervision,” adding efforts for hygiene and disinfection were doubled. 

Manti said there are no entries except for official vehicles were allowed in the town.

Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry officials launched inspections as 40,000 chickens were killed  in Edincik neighborhood in the past four months. Hunting was prohibited immediately after the  determination of bird blue over the weekend.

Stating that, “samples that were sent to a laboratory in İstanbul showed results of bird flu. The facility where bird flu spread from was put under preservation, and disinfection efforts were carried out following the destruction of chickens. Animals at poultry facilities nearby were also disinfected and the animals there were destroyed.” 

According to officials, the number of destroyed chickens increased to 70,000 with the latest measures. About 2.5 millions of chickens are raised at 132 stockbreeding farms in the Edincik neighborhood.

TRTWorld and agencies