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Bird flu spreads across India, culling underway in several states | Health Info

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At least nine states are confirming the outbreak and more are awaiting test results as they put containment measures in place.

An outbreak of bird flu or bird flu is spreading rapidly across India, with at least nine states confirming cases and others awaiting test results as they put containment measures in place, said officials and the media.

The latest confirmed cases are the capital, New Delhi, and the western state of Maharashtra, Indian media reported on Monday.

New Delhi closed the Ghazipur poultry wholesale market, the region’s largest, after nearly 200 birds, mostly crows, were found dead.

Visitors were excluded from parks with bodies of water, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries in the National Capital Region.

A Maharashtra official said Monday that at least 800 hens had died there in the past two days.

“Their samples were donated for testing. And now it is confirmed that the reason is bird flu, ”Deepak Madhukar Muglikar, a collector from Parbhani district, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the state capital, Mumbai, told the channel. Indian television station NDTV.

“This was confirmed in the village of Murumba. There are about eight poultry farms and 8,000 birds. We gave orders to slaughter these poultry, ”he said.

Authorities in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday closed a zoo in the city of Kanpur after the deaths of four jungle birds and two parrots.

Test reports received late on Saturday confirmed they were positive for the virus, Kanpur District Chief Veterinarian RP Mishra said.

“We are in the process of culling all the birds present in all the enclosures and the zoo has been declared a containment zone. It’s unfortunate but we are following protocol, ”Mishra said.

The sale of meat has been banned within a 10 km (six mile) radius of the zoo and close surveillance is being exercised on all poultry farms and markets in Kanpur district.

Samples of dead crows from four other districts of Uttar Pradesh have been sent to a laboratory in the city of Bhopal, in central India, for testing.

Cases of bird flu have also been confirmed by Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat, according to the federal government.

Dead birds include poultry, crows, pigeons, peacocks, and migratory birds.

Avian influenza primarily affects poultry and wild birds, but can infect humans who come into close contact with sick birds.

Chickens are slaughtered in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. Markets and shops selling poultry have been closed for a week in seven towns in Madhya Pradesh, a government spokesperson said.

In the southern state of Kerala, the culling process of around 50,000 birds, mostly ducks from poultry farming, has been completed in two affected districts, said the head of the country’s livestock department. State, KM Dileep.

Samples from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the virus, while samples from Himachal Pradesh showed the presence of H5N1.


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