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Bird flu spreads across India

  • Published at 08:16 pm January 11th, 2021
Commuters drive past a flock of pigeons on a bridge, in New Delhi
Commuters drive past a flock of pigeons on a bridge, in New Delhi on January 9, 2021 AFP

Ten Indian states confirm the outbreak

The Indian Centre on Monday said bird flu has been confirmed in 10 states so far and stressed on increased surveillance around water bodies, live bird markets, zoos and poultry farms.

“Till January 11, 2021, Avian Influenza has been confirmed in 10 states of the country,” the Indian Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying said in a statement, reports BSS citing PTI.

The outbreak was confirmed in seven states — Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh as on January 10. On Monday, bird flu has also been confirmed in Delhi, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra. 

States have been asked to build awareness among the public and avoid the spread of misinformation.

The Centre has also directed states to maintain adequate stock of PPE kits and accessories required for culling operations.

It has asked 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 transmission of the disease into humans.

The death of crows was confirmed in Kotdwar and Dehradun districts of Uttarakhand. In Delhi, crows and ducks, respectively, were reported dead in Sanjay lake areas.

The outbreak of Avian Influenza has been among poultry in Parbhani district, while AI is confirmed from Mumbai, Thane, Dapoli, Beed in crows in Maharashtra.

In Haryana, culling of infected birds is underway to control and contain the spread of the disease.

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