Two districts in Kerala, Alappuzha and Kottayam, have been put on high alert after bird flu cases have been confirmed in ducks, said state animal husbandry minister K Raju. He said at least 50,000 ducks will be culled to check the spread of the virus and the government will compensate farmers.Fresh cases were detected after ducks started dying in large numbers, said Alappuzha district veterinary officer K Lekha. Later tests at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal confirmed the presence of the virus in dead birds. The minister has called a meeting tomorrow to coordinate steps to contain the outbreak.
The situation is worsening in Rajasthan after bird flu virus was detected in crows, whose carcasses were found in the city three days ago, civic health officials have said. The authorities are now on high alert. Kunji Lal Meena, Rajasthan principal secretary, said on Sunday, "Till now, 47 crows have died in Kota, 100 in Jhalawar and 72 in Baran. No death reported in Bundi. We are taking necessary steps to spread awareness and control the situation."
The bird flu virus also has been detected in around 50 crows whose carcasses were found in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, three days ago, putting the authorities on alert, news agency PTI reported a civic health official as saying on Friday.
Over 1700 migratory birds in Himachal Pradesh's famous Pong Dam sanctuary were found dead under mysterious circumstances and this has left the authorities worried. Most of the bird deaths were reported in Jagmoli and Guglada areas of Dhameta and Nagrota Surian forest beats.
Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Hamirpur Division Rahul Rohane told India Today that 15 samples collected from various locations have been sent to Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Uttar Pradesh's Bareily, Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (NRDDL)in Jalandhar and High-Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal to determine to the case of death.
The central government has also issued an alert to the states, saying that samples need to be collected from areas where bird flu deaths are being reported. The authorities have also launched a drive to identify those with suspected flu symptoms in the area.