Carcasses of 215 migratory birds were found in Pong Dam Wildlife Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district on Sunday
Bird Flu state-wise updates: Bird-flu outbreak has been confirmed in seven states, the Centre said on Sunday even as fresh avian deaths were reported from various parts of the country. The outbreak has been confirmed in Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, while the test results are awaited for the samples collected from Delhi and Maharashtra. The samples collected from Chhattisgarh’s Balod have tested negative for the avian influenza virus, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying said in a statement. The government has also directed zoo managements to submit daily reports to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) till their area is declared free from the disease.
Over 200 birds dead in Himachal Pradesh
Carcasses of 215 migratory birds were found in Pong Dam Wildlife Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district on Sunday, taking the total number of such birds suspected to have died of avian influenza to 4,235, officials said. Each day, hundreds of migratory birds were found dead in the lake area since December 29. Last Monday, the samples tested positive for H5N1, they said. Also, for the fourth day in a row, a large number of dead poultry birds were found dumped by the side of the Chandigarh-Shimla highway in Solan district. The remains of the birds were buried according to safety protocol and their samples sent to a disease diagnostic laboratory in Jalandhar.
Earlier, dead chickens were found dumped twice near Chakki Mor and once at Barog bypass near the district headquarters. A joint team of animal husbandry officials from the Centre and the state visited Siyal in Dhameta wildlife range and Guglara in Nagrota Surian range of the sanctuary on Sunday to assess the situation, Chief wildlife warden Archana Sharma said.
A number of crows were also found dead in different parts of the state over the last few days. Carcasses of over 60 crows each were found at Pong Lake sanctuary in Kangra and Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district while 12 were found dead at Taliara in Mandi district. Besides deaths of some crows were also reported in Bilaspur district.
400 birds dead in Rajasthan
Amid an outbreak of bird flu, over 400 birds, mostly crow, were found dead in different parts of Rajasthan on Sunday, officials said. With the 428 fresh deaths, the number of birds that have died in the past few days reached 2,950 in the state. So far, 51 samples of dead birds from 13 districts have been found positive for bird flu.
Of the 428 birds which were reported dead on Sunday, 326 were crows, 18 peacocks, 34 pigeons and 50 others. Most of the birds which have died in the state till Saturday are crows (2,289), followed by peacocks (170) and pigeons.
Delhi’s Sanjay Lake declared ‘alert zone’
Amid a bird flu scare in different parts of the country, 17 more ducks were found dead at Sanjay Lake here on Sunday, prompting authorities to declare it an “alert zone”, officials said. This comes a day after the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) closed the famous water body-cum-park following the death of 10 ducks on the premises. The samples from the dead ducks have been sent for testing to ascertain whether bird flu was the cause of death.
Besides, the officials said, 91 crows have been found dead in 14 DDA parks in the last few days. “Deaths of 17 more ducks were reported today at Sanjay Lake. A total of 27 ducks have died now. The park has been declared an alert zone by the rapid response team as per the directions of the animal husbandry department of the Delhi government,” a senior DDA official said.
“The rapid response team had visited the lake site on January 9 and 10, and samples were collected for suitable action. Meanwhile… requisite preventive measures are being taken,” he said.
Fully prepared to tackle bird flu, says Gujarat CM
Amid an avian influenza scare, dozens of birds were found dead in different part of Gujarat, keeping health and animal husbandry department staff busy collecting samples for tests, officials said on Sunday. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said that the state government was fully prepared to deal with bird flu.
He said the two departments were working over the past four days to ensure there is no spread of bird flu in the state. Junagadh animal husbandry department deputy director SN Vaghasiya said 18 hens were found dead in a poultry farm in Chikhli village in Gir Somnath district in the last nine days. “Samples have been sent for testing. However, there have been no bird deaths in the vicinity of this farm. For now, I don’t see the possibility of bird flu,” he said.
MP experts explore crows, migratory birds link
Nearly 700 crows have been found dead in Madhya Pradesh since December 26 amid the avian influenza scare and the chances of their getting infected with the virus is high as they feed on other dead birds, experts said on Sunday. State animal husbandry department director Dr RK Rokde said bird flu test reports were making it clear that crows were more vulnerable to the infection. “There is a hunch that avian influenza came into the country through migratory birds. Droppings of such visiting birds have been sent for tests,” Rokde added.