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‘Bird flu’ poses fresh threat amid Corona pandemic in India

Bird flu poses fresh threat amid Corona pandemic in India

Eastern Times, New Delhi: In the midst of Corona crisis, ‘bird flu’ has re-emerged in India which was caused by the avian influenza virus.

The Centre has warned the states about the deadly bird flu. Four states including Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh have been identified as 12 bird flu affected areas by the Union government. Avian influenza, commonly known as ‘bird flu’ has also been reported from Gujarat and Haryana.

The guidelines have been issued by the Union Ministry of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry. The department has informed ways to control the spread of this disease in migratory birds, ducks and chickens.

Kerala Forest and Animal Husbandry Minister K Raju said that while 12,000 ducks had already died, 40,000 birds have to be culled. The sale of poultry meat has been banned in Kerala’s Alappuzha and Kottayam districts. The disease is spreading exponentially in Rajasthan.

Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry Minister Prem Singh Patel said 400 crows had died of bird flu in 10 districts of the state. Alerts have been issued across the state for the disease.

While 53 dead birds have been reported from the Junagadh district of Gujarat, 2403 migratory birds have died in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The Kangra district administration has completely banned the sale of poultry meat, eggs and fish.

The Panchkula area of Haryana has been on high alert amid worries concerning bird flu. New signs of bird flu were found in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

Poultry and other farms have been instructed to follow strict rules to prevent the spread of the disease. Certain guidelines have been asked to adopt by the poultry and farm authorities in order to prevent the spread of the disease in any way.

Karnataka has also issued fresh alert to prevent bird flu infection. The neighbouring state of Kerala has also taken new measures to control the spread of bird flu. Karnataka’s Animal Husbandry Minister, Prabhu B Chauhan said, “Officials at all levels have been directed to take steps to curb bird flu.

It has also been asked to ensure that no poultry products enter via Kerala-Karnataka border.

The guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health said there is no evidence yet whether the virus could enter the human body directly from infected animals. The Centre also said that following proper health guidelines while packaging and cooking can protect one from the infection.

 

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