Precautionary measures have been put in place in view of Bird flu in Rajasthan, Himachal and Madhya Pradesh.
In Himachal Pradesh, Kangra District Administration has taken several precautionary measures after over 2,300 migratory birds which had recently died in Pong Dam were found infected with bird flu.
AIR correspondent reports that apprehension of avian influenza spread has forced the District Administration to ban the sale and purchase of chicken, fish and other poultry related items in four sub-divisions of the district. The Administration has also banned human activities within a kilometre radius of the Pong Dam and declared it Alert Zone.
It may be recalled that in recent days, over 2,300 migratory birds, including endangered bar headed goose, have been found dead in the Pong Dam Lake sanctuary in Kangra district.
Meanwhile, a communication of the ICAR-National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) based in Bhopal has confirmed all five bar headed goose birds sent to it tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza virus in real time RT-PCR tests.
Earlier, report from Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly of Uttar Pradesh also indicated that avian influenza may have killed the birds.
A bird flu warning has been issued by Animal Husbandry Department in Madhya Pradesh after the presence of the virus was reported in dead crows at Indore and more avian deaths in other districts. State Animal husbandry Minister Prem Singh Patel said, officials have been told to keep special watch on markets selling poultry and poultry products, farms, reservoirs and sites of migratory birds. AIR correspondent reports, Animal Husbandry Minister Prem Singh Patel said that the state’s Rapid Response Team is setting up a Control Room in Indore, where avian influenza (Bird Flu) has been detected in the samples of dead crows.
So far from December 23, the state witnessed deaths of 142 crows in Indore, 100 in Mandsaur, 112 in Agar-Malwa, 13 in Khargone and nine in Sehore district. Their samples were sent to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal for analysis.
Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer Poornima Gadaria informed that earlier about 50 crows were found dead on the campus of Daly College at Indore.They were found to be carrying the H5N8 virus.
Suspicious cases of Bird Flu have been reported in 10 more districts in Rajasthan in the last 24 hours. Cases of bird deaths due to suspicious Bird Flu have been reported in eighteen districts of the state so far. AIR correspondent report, deaths of crows and other birds have been reported in Hanumangarh, Nagaur, Banswara, Sikar, Sawai Madhopur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer and Bhilwara districts. Samples from all these districts have been sent to Bhopal for investigation.
In view of the increasing cases of Bird Flu, top government officials have come into action. Chief Secretary Niranjan Arya will hold a meeting with top officials of the Animal Husbandry, Forest and Health Department this evening.
Several important decisions are expected to be taken in the meeting. The government has started control rooms at the state level and all district headquarters. All the officials of the Forest Department and Health Department have been ed by the government.