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Bird Flu confirmed in 10 states of the country

The Union Government today said that Avian Influenza has been confirmed in 10 states of the country. Ministry of Animal Husbandry and Dairying said, ICAR-National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases has confirmed death of crows and migratory birds in Tonk, Karauli, Bhilwara districts of Rajasthan and Valsad, Vadodara and Surat districts of Gujarat. Further, deaths of crows were confirmed in Kotdwar and Dehradun districts of Uttarakhand. In Delhi, crows and ducks were reported dead in New Delhi and Sanjay lake areas.

In Haryana, culling of infected birds is underway for the control and containment of the spread of the disease. A Central team has visited Himachal Pradesh and will reach Panchkula today for carrying out monitoring the epicentre sites and conducting epidemiological investigation.

The Ministry said, states have been requested to build awareness among the public and avoid the spread of misinformation. They have also been requested to increase surveillance around water bodies, live bird markets, zoos, poultry farms along with proper disposal of carcass, and strengthening of biosecurity in poultry farms.

Secretary of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying has requested State Animal Husbandry Departments to ensure effective communication and coordination with Health authorities for close vigilance of the disease status and avoid any chances of jumping of the disease into humans.

The outbreak of Bird Flu has been on the rise in some parts of Maharashtra since last week. It has been confirmed by now that the incidents of sudden deaths of some birds and animals in parts of Beed, Parbhani and Nasik and districts among few others were due to Bird Flu.

The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, New Delhi today reported that the death of chickens and crows in Beed district was due to Bird Flu. Twenty-six crows were found dead at Muggaon in Patoda taluka of Beed district. The dead remains of three of them were sent to the laboratory for examination. Our correspondent reports, the lab reports stated that all three crows were Bird Flu positive.

The Parbhani District Administration now decided to cull nearly 8,000 birds in Murumba village where last week as many as 800 hens died due to H5N1 virus. District Collector Deepak Muglikar said, appropriate measures have been taken at Murumba in Parbhani taluka to ensure that Bird Flu does not spread elsewhere. He also stated that emphasis is being laid on cleanliness and disinfecting the Murumba village and animal poultry farms.

Amid Bird Flu scare, Himachal Pradesh has banned supply  of poultry products from other states for a week. The ban has been  imposed in order to ensure that infection does not come from other states through poultry products.

While presiding over a meeting in Shimla today to take stock of the situation arising due to Bird Flu, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said, it is important to spread awareness amongst people regarding preventive measures and directed the concerned officers to take necessary steps in this direction. He also urged the people to inform the Animal Husbandry and WildLife Departments, if any bird found dead in their areas.

Meanwhile, about 4,324 migratory birds have died of Bird Flu, so far. These birds were being buried as per the protocol, to prevent the spread of the virus. On the other hand, about 65 rapid response teams of Animal Husbandry and WildLife Department were regularly monitoring the Pong Dam and adjoining areas of Kangra district.

The West Bengal Government today issued guidelines regarding do’s and don’ts to prevent Bird Flu. In a letter issued by the State Health Department, Chief Medical Officers of the districts have been asked to ensure monitoring the condition of the farms, make people aware of not touching any carcass of birds, and to ensure wearing masks and gloves inside poultry farms.

According to State Animal Husbandry officials, no case of Bird Flu has been reported so far. Earlier, the West Bengal Poultry Federation has stated that they have already taken precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has said that in view of the recent incidence of Avian Influenza reported in Delhi, officials have been advised to enhance surveillance. They have been advised to undertake requisite measures for its control and containment in strict adherence with the Action Plan for Preparedness, Control and Containment issued by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and  Dairying.

In a tweet, Mr Baijal said that citizens are advised to maintain caution and reach out to help line 011-23890318, in case of need of any assistance.

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