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Avian Flu Detected in India Provinces

An outbreak of Avian flu was confirmed in India after 1,800 migratory birds found dead in Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala.

An outbreak of Avian flu was confirmed in India after 1,800 migratory birds found dead in Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala.

RT-PCR testing of samples of five dead Bar-Headed geese conducted at the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal confirmed that the birds died from H5N1 avian influenza or bird flu.

The virus was initially detected in Indore, Madhya Pradesh last week after 50 crows were mysteriously found dead which prompted authorities to issue an alert.

After the alert was issued, Rajasthan animal husbandry minister Lalchand Kataria called an emergency meeting to formulate a response. 

“It’s a serious matter, an emergency meeting of concerned officials has been called. We are monitoring it. We are also in contact with the forest Department. The administration is on high alert,” said Kataria.

Local officials where the cases were reported ordered the culling of ducks, hens, and other domestic birds in and around one km radius of the affected areas.

Veterinary officials have also prohibited the slaughtering, sale, purchase, and export of any poultry, birds, fish of any breed, and their related products to prevent the virus from spreading.

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