Bird flu confirmed in 7 states; test results of Delhi, Maharashtra samples awaitedPTI | New Delhi | Updated: 10-01-2021 19:03 IST | Created: 10-01-2021 19:03 IST
The Centre on Sunday said bird flu outbreak has been confirmed in seven states -- Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, while test results are still awaited for Delhi and Maharashtra samples.
After confirmation of avian influenza (bird flu) positive samples in poultry (two poultry farms) of Panchkula district of Haryana, the state government has deployed nine Rapid Response team, and containment operation is underway in both the epicentres.
''Further, reports of unusual deaths of 86 crows and 2 egrets were received from Kangra district (Himachal Pradesh),'' the statement said.
The Department has issued advisories to the affected states to avoid further spread of disease.
Control and containment have been completed in both the affected districts of Kerala. Post operational surveillance programme guidelines have been issued to the state.
Meanwhile, 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 January 9 and is presently monitoring the epicentre sites and conducting epidemiological investigation. Another central team reached Himachal Pradesh on January 10 and is undertaking survey in the affected areas.
The Centre has asked states to build awareness among the public and avoid the spread of misinformation regarding avian influenza.
''States/Union Territories 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 statement said.
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