New Delhi (NVI): With bird flu confirmed in seven states, central teams formed for monitoring the situation in the affected areas of the country are visiting the affected sites while test reports of the samples sent to the designated laboratory from Delhi, Maharashtra are still awaited, the Government said today.
No samples have been confirmed positive in wild birds from Balod district, Chhattisgarh which were tested earlier, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said today in a statement on the status of Avian Influenza in the country.
The Ministry said that after confirmation of Avian Influenza positive samples in poultry (two poultry farms) of Panchkula district, Haryana, State has deployed nine Rapid Response team and control and containment operation is underway in both the epicentres.
Samples of crow/wild birds have been confirmed for Avian Influenza (H5) from Surat district of Gujarat and Sirohi district of Rajasthan, it said.
Apart from thatr, reports of unusual deaths of 86 crows and 2 egrets were received from Kangra district (Himachal Pradesh). Reports of unusual mortality of wild birds have also been received from Nahan, Bilaspur and Mandi in Himachal and samples have been sent to the designated laboratory for testing, the Ministry said.
The Department has issued advisories to the affected States so as to avoid further spread of disease. So far, the disease has been confirmed from seven states (Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh).
The Animal Husbandry Department has also issued advisories to the affected States so as to avoid further spread of disease. So far, the disease has been confirmed from seven states -Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
In addition to that, control and containment have been completed in both the affected districts of Kerala and Post Operational Surveillance Programme guidelines have been issued to the State, the Ministry said.
The central teams formed for monitoring the situation in the affected areas of the country are visiting the affected sites. One of the central teams reached Kerala on January 9, 2021 and is presently monitoring the epicentre sites and conducting epidemiological investigation. Another central team reached Himachal Pradesh on January 10, 2021 and undertaking survey in the affected areas, it said.
States have been requested to build awareness among the public and avoid the spread of misinformation regarding AI. States/UTs have been requested to increase surveillance around water bodies, live bird markets, zoos, poultry farms, etc. proper disposal of carcass, and strengthening of bio-security in poultry farms.