Outbreak Of Bird Flu Confirmed In These States

New Delhi: Several states including Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Rajasthan confirmed bird flu as the cause of death of hundreds of birds across the country on Monday. Odisha, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, and Jharkhand too sounded alerts on the disease.

The death of 2,300 migratory birds till Monday in the Pong Dam reservoir area in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district was due to avian influenza, chief conservator of forests, Dharamshala, Upasana Patiyal, said on Monday, reported The Times of India.

Himachal Pradesh, as a precautionary measure, has banned the sale, purchase, and slaughter of poultry in Fatehpur, Dehra, Jawali, and Indora sub-divisions of Kangra district. Poultry products and fish exports have also been stopped in the state.

Rapid response teams to tackle the spread of the disease have been formed at the direction of the animal husbandry department of Himachal Pradesh.

Bird flu was reported in Kottayam and Alappuzha which killed 12,000 ducks, according to Kerala’s minister for forests, wildlife, and animal husbandry K Raju.

It may be recalled that the Odisha government has already alerted Forest Department officials against a possible outbreak in the state’s Bhitarkanika National Park, which is home to thousands of migratory birds during winter.

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