Uttarakhand becomes the 10th state to confirm bird flu

at 4:57 pm
Bird Flu

New Delhi (NVI): Uttarakhand has become the 10th state in the country to confirm bird flu, amid strenuous efforts to contain the spread.

The Flu was confirmed after a total of 165 birds were found dead, including 121 crows in the Bhandari Bagh area in Dehradun. More than 30 birds were found dead at different places in and around Rishikesh.

Furthermore, at least 28 crows and a pigeon were found dead on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) premises.

Other states that have reported bird flu are Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

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 an epidemiological investigation, according to a statement released by Ministry of Animal Husbandry.

States/ UTs have been requested to increase surveillance around water bodies, live bird markets, zoos, poultry farms, etc. along with proper disposal of carcass, and strengthening of bio-security in poultry farms.

Moreover, maintaining adequate stock of PPE kits and accessories is required for culling operations.

Secretary DAHD 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.

-CHK