States On High Alert After Bird Flu Kills Lakhs Of Birds In Himachal, Kerala, Rajasthan, Haryana & MP

Recently, Himachal Pradesh became the 5th state in India to confirm the presence of bird flu with other states being Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh. The flu has resulted in lakhs of poultry bird deaths in Haryana, migratory birds death in Himachal and now has the state governments on their feet.

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1,800 birds found dead in Himachal Pradesh

The virus named H1N1 avian influenza virus has killed over 1,800 birds at the Pong Dam sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh since the last week.

The State Animal Husbandry Department told ANI, “Around 1775 migratory birds have died. We’ve suspicions of bird flu. A 10-km alert zone declared where no sale of eggs allowed and poultry markets closed.”

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In regions like Kangra, a ban on the selling and culling of poultry products has been imposed. The 1-km area near the Pong Dam is now off-limits for tourists and locals from other regions.

Probe into dead birds in Haryana

In Haryana, as many as 20 poultry farms reported deaths of poultry birds. The report said that around 80 samples of dead birds have been sent to the laboratories to find the cause of their death.

40,000 birds to be culled in Kerala

Kerala is experiencing the wrath of bird flu and has ordered the culling of over 40,000 poultry birds. As per the reports, a strain of the influenza virus H1N8 has been detected in the state.

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As of now, Kottayam and Alappuzha districts have been put on high alert and samples collected from the dead birds have been sent to Bhopal’s National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases for testing. 

Dead crows in Madhya Pradesh test positive for bird flu

In Madhya Pradesh, Crows and peacocks have been found dead with the presence of bird flu strain in their body.

Manish Ingole of the Animal Husbandry department told ANI, “Bird Flu has been detected in four samples of dead crows sent to the state lab. Around 100 crows died in Mandsaur between December 23 and January 3. Medical team to conduct surveillance within 1-km of the infected area.”

Crows and birds dead in Rajasthan

The death of birds in Rajasthan began on December 25. Till now, as per an NDTV report, as many as 250 crows have died in districts of Jhalawar, Kote, Baran, Pali, Jodhpur and Jaipur.

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Section 144 has been imposed in the Balaji area of Jhalawar district as a precautionary measure.

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