The outbreak of bird flu has also impacted the country’s poultry industry. Prices have also come down due to declining demand for poultry products. Bird flu has been confirmed in seven states of the country- Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
Bird flu has been confirmed in dead chickens at kanpur zoo two days ago. In view of this, the bird house in Kanpur has been sealed till further orders. Bird flu has now been confirmed in Uttar Pradesh and now the number of states related to the disease has gone up to seven.
Besides UP, bird flu has been confirmed in Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat. Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Delhi are awaiting an inquiry report into the premature death of birds.
Abnormal death of chickens and wild birds has been reported in Balod district of Chhattisgarh on the night of 8th January 2021 and on the morning of 9th January 2021.
Meanwhile, bird killing operations have been completed in two affected districts of Kerala and guidelines for post operational surveillance programme have been issued in the state of Kerala.
Ban on import of live birds into capital:
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that import of live birds has been banned in the national capital in the wake of bird flu panic. Ghazipur poultry market will remain closed for the next 10 days. However, there is no confirmed case of avian influenza or bird flu in Delhi so far.
Kejriwal said, several steps are being taken as a precautionary measure to check the spread of bird flu in Delhi. Import of live birds in Delhi is being completely banned from today.
Ghazipur poultry market will remain closed for the next 10 days. Rapid response teams have been constituted to prevent proper monitoring and dissemination in each district which will work under district magistrates.
900 chickens killed in Maharashtra:
In Maharashtra, 900 chickens have died at a poultry centre in Murumba village of Parbhani district. Parbhani District Magistrate Deepak Mulgikar said that samples have been sent for testing to ascertain the actual cause of death and the investigation report is awaited.
In Rajasthan, more than 350 birds were reported to have died on Saturday, bringing the death toll in the state to 2,512. In Uttarakhand, five crows were found dead in a drain in Sitabpur area of Pauri Garhwal district.
Veterinary officer BM Gupta said that samples of dead birds have been sent to bhopal based laboratories for testing. After the death of five crows, the administration has been alerted and has asked people to immediately inform authorities of the death of a bird.
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