Delhi and Maharashtra have confirmed bird flu after samples tested positive for avian influenza.
Besides Delhi and Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh have confirmed the outbreak. With this, eight states and a Union Territory have confirmed bird flu amid Centre’s nationwide efforts to contain the spread.
Amid an avian influenza scare in several states, nearly 200 birds have been found dead in Uttarakhand, officials said on 11 January.
On alert, the central government on 10 January said it had directed zoo managements to submit daily reports to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) till their area was declared free from the disease.
Delhi has confirmed bird flu cases after samples from dead crows and ducks tested positive for the avian flu. Testing of eight samples sent to a Bhopal-based laboratory has confirmed bird flu in Delhi, officials said on 11 January. All eight samples ― from a park in Mayur Vihar Phase 3, Sanjay Lake and Dwarka ― have been found positive for avian influenza, Dr Rakesh Singh from the animal husbandry unit of the Development Department said.
Officials earlier said that around 50 crows had died in Central Park, Mayur Vihar Phase 3 in a span of three to four days. Ten ducks were found dead in the Sanjay Lake recently. A few samples were sent to a lab in Jalandhar and their results are awaited, Singh said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier announced a ban on import of live birds in the national capital and closure of Ghazipur poultry market, the biggest in the city, for the next few weeks. The Delhi Chief Minister said the government is following all guidelines and directions issued by the central government with regards to bird flu.
Bird flu confirmed as the cause of death of around 800 hens at a poultry farm in Maharashtra’s Parbhani district on 11 January. “The cause of death has been confirmed as bird flu. Hence, we have decided to cull all the birds in one-km radius of the place where these deaths took place,” the Collector Deepak Muglikar said.
“We have created a prohibitory zone in 10 km radius of the area where the birds died. No birds will be transported from there to any other place. Our medical team is stationed there and it is examining all people of the village,” he said.
The district administration of Parbhani has decided to cull nearly 8,000 birds in Murumba village where these hens died, Collector Deepak Muglikar said. There is no need to be panic and the district administration is taking all precautions.
An “alert zone” was declared in a 10-kilometre radius around the Ahmedpur area in Maharashtra’s Latur after 180 birds, including 128 hens, were found dead over the last couple of days, an official said.
The Centre on 10 January directed zoo managements to submit a daily report to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) till their area is declared free from the disease. The CZA, under the environment ministry, issued an office memorandum directing the management of all zoos to strengthen surveillance and aviary management. The CZA advised that strict hygiene protocols must be maintained in all aviaries and all droppings must be collected, disinfected and disposed of appropriately.
The CZA advised that strict hygiene protocols must be maintained in all aviaries and all droppings must be collected, disinfected and disposed of appropriately.
Nearly 200 birds, mostly crows, have been found dead in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun and Rishikesh, officials said on 11 January. Chief Wildlife Warden JS Suhag said the samples of the dead birds have been sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly to ascertain the cause of their death. More than 30 birds were found dead at different places in and around Rishikesh, triggering a bird-flu scare in the town.
Twenty-eight crows and a pigeon were found dead on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) premises, one avian death was reported from the Bees Bigha locality and two such deaths were reported from the Raiwala station.
The Uttar Pradesh authorities on 10 January closed the Kanpur Zoological Park after a number of birds were found dead and two samples tested positive for bird flu. Officials said eight birds, including seven red jungle fowls, have been culled inside the zoo and buried as per the guidelines of the government. These birds came into contact with infected ones and were showing symptoms, the official added.
Besides, 41 other poultry birds which were showing symptoms of bird flu have been culled too within the one-kilometre radius of the zoo, he said.
Bird flu cases have so far been confirmed in 13 Madhya Pradesh districts, while around 1,100 crows and other wild birds have been found dead across 27 districts since the virus was first detected in the state last month, an official said. “The presence of the avian flu in crows and other birds (including poultry birds) has so far been confirmed in 13 districts — Indore, Mandsaur, Agar Malwa, Neemuch, Dewas, Ujjain, Khadwa, Khargone, Guna, Shivpuri, Rajgarh, Shajapur and Vidisha,” an official said.
Over 1,200 birds were found dead across the country on 9 January, including 800 in a poultry farm in Maharashtra, taking the total number of affected states to eight.