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Bird Flu Latest News In India: Avian Influenza is spreading in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh Quickly

Bird Flu Latest News In India: As Kerala begins culling of birds amid bird flu scare, Karnataka asked health officers to remain vigilant.

At least four states are reeling under bird flu scare with Kerala issuing a high alert against h5n1 bird flu on Tuesday after declaring bird flu (Avian Influenza) as a state-specific disaster.

Bird flu (Avian Influenza) is a disease which can spread to human through generally poultry birds. Generally The virus does not infect humans directly.

Bird Flu Latest News In India: Avian Influenza Affected States In India

Here is what we know about the present infection scenario in India.

1. Rajasthan

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The first case this time was reported in Rajasthan. On 31st December 2020, curfew was imposed in around one Km area in Jhalawar town in Rajasthan as avian influenza (Bird Flu) was confirmed in the area. On 25th December, 50 crows were found dead at a temple in Jhalawar town. By 4th January 2021, over 300 more birds were found dead across Rajasthan.

2. Madhya Pradesh

On 1st January 2021, bird flu virus was confirmed in around 50 crows which were found dead in the last week of December in Indore.

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“Bird Flu has been detected in four samples of dead crows sent to the state lab. Around 100 crows died in Mandsaur between December 23 and January 3. Medical team to conduct surveillance within 1-km of the infected area,” Dr Manish Ingole of the animal husbandry department of Mandsaur told ANI.

3. Kerala

On 4th January, there are two districts in Kerala affected by Bird Flu, Alappuzha and Kottayam, were put on a high alert after bird flu cases have been confirmed in ducks.

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The bird flu was reported from four panchayats–Nedumudi, Thakazhy, Pallippad and Karuvatta–in Kuttanad region of Alappuzha district and from a duck farm in Neendoor panchayat in Kottayam district.

Officials said around 40,000 domestic birds, including 34,000 in Kuttanad region alone, will be culled to check the spread of the H5N8 virus.

On January 5, the state government issues a statewide alert too.

4. Himachal Pradesh

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On 5th January, Himachal Pradesh became the fourth state to confirm bird flu. Around 1800 migratory birds, most of them bar-headed geese, were found dead in the Pong Dam Lake sanctuary. Slaughtering, sale, purchase and export of any poultry, birds, fish of any breed and their related products, including eggs, meat, chicken, etc., has been banned in Kangra district.

According to reports, Haryana too has reported a huge number of bird dead bodies at Barwala in Panchkula district. A probe is on to find out whether the birds were infected by bird flu.

National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, is the nodal body for testing this disease.

According to United States, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the H5N1 virus was first detected in 1996 in geese in China. It was first detected in humans in 1997 in Hong Kong. India is among the six countries considered to be endemic for H5N1, the other countries being Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia and Vietnam.

The disease is transmitted from birds to human via an infected bird’s feces, or secretions from its nose, mouth or eye. The last major case of bird flu in Kerala was reported in 2016 — in the districts of Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta.

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