New Delhi: As India continues the downward trend for fresh COVID-19 infections, another pressing matter appears to have left several states baffled as hundreds of birds have died due to bird flu across the country.
Bird flu, also called avian influenza, has come as a double whammy for Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat that are already fighting their biggest battle against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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Kerala Minister for Forest, Animal husbandry and Dairy development K Raju had stated that as many as 12,000 ducks had died and about 40,000 birds will be culled in the region where bird flu has been reported.
The district administrations of Alappuzha and Kottayam have begun the culling of poultry, a day after bird flu was detected in certain parts of the districts.
The authorities have also has imposed a ban on the sale and use of poultry meat and other related products in the regions.
State Animal Husbandry Minister Prem Singh Patel has issued alert to control the deaths of crows in MP after around 400 crows were found dead in 10 districts.
“An alert has been sounded in Madhya Pradesh to control the deaths of crows in the state. Between December 23 and January 3, 142 crows died in Indore, 100 in Mandsaur, 112 in Agar Malwa and 13 crows died in Khargone districts,” Patel added.
The Mandsaur authorities in the state had ordered the shops selling chicken and eggs to remain closed for 15 days after bird flu was detected in crows.
Nearly 53 dead birds were found in the Batwa area of Manavdar tehsil in the Junagarh district on 3 January in Gujarat. A team of forest officials reached the spot and sent the carcasses for post-mortem.
Forest and wildlife officials in the state’s Junagarh district are on alert after carcasses of birds were found.
Amidst scare of avian flu among the migratory birds in Himachal, the Punjab government has also sounded an alert in the wetlands of Hari-ke-Pattan (Tarn Taran), Keshopur (Gurdaspur), Nangal, Roop Nagar and others.
Bird flu has been spreading rapidly in various parts of Rajasthan. Initially, on 27 December, an alarm was sounded when 100 birds were found dead in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar district.
State Animal Husbandry Minister Lalchand Kataria also believes that it is a matter of concern as it impacts the birds and poultry industry.