Bird flu: Rajasthan, Gujarat see more confirmed cases, but samples from Chhattisgarh negative, says govt2 min read . Updated: 10 Jan 2021, 05:21 PM IST
- 'Samples of crow/wild birds have been confirmed for Avian Influenza (H5) from Surat district of Gujarat and Sirohi district of Rajasthan,' says govt
- reports of unusual deaths of 86 crows and 2 egrets were received from Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh
New Delhi: One more district each in Gujarat and Rajasthan reported confirmed cases of bird flu, said government on Sunday as it scrambles to contain the disease. Regarding this, a status report on avian influenza has been issued by the government.
"After confirmation of Avian Influenza positive samples in poultry (two poultry farms) of Panchkula district, Haryana, state has deployed 9 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. Further, 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 (Himachal Pradesh) and samples have been sent to the designated laboratory for testing," said Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying in an official release.
The ministry 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).
Test reports of the samples sent to the designated laboratory from Delhi, Maharashtra are still awaited. Further, no samples have been confirmed positive in wild birds from Balod district, Chhattisgarh which were tested earlier, said the government.
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 of Kerala.
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 9 January, 2021 and is presently monitoring the epicentre sites and conducting epidemiological investigation. Another Central team reached Himachal Pradesh on 10 January, 2021 and is said to be undertaking surveys in the affected areas.
States have been requested to build awareness among the public and avoid the spread of mis-information regarding the disease. 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.
The Kanpur Zoological Park has been closed for visitors till further orders after samples taken from two dead birds found there tested positive for the avian influenza virus, an official said on Sunday.
The area up to one kilometre of the zoo has been declared an infected zone and the culling of birds has begun there, said Additional District Magistrate (City) Atul Kumar.
"Four fowls and two parrots were found dead in the zoo in the last five days. Of these, two birds tested positive," Kumar said.
According to the official, the samples of dead birds were sent to the animal disease laboratory in Bhopal which confirmed the presence of H-5 strain of bird flu in them.
“The zoo has been closed for visitors and morning walkers. The hospital enclosure where the infected birds had been placed has also been shut down," Kumar said.