India’s Latest Bird Flu Outbreak
The outbreak has been confirmed in as many as 11 states in India. The Central government on Friday announced that the country is effectively controlling the outbreak of bird flu and directed the state government to allow the selling of poultry and poultry products from areas/states free of bird flu.
The Centre on Sunday said culling of poultry birds is underway in Maharashtra and Haryana, while fresh cases of bird flu have been confirmed in poultry in Mumbai. The Ministry also wrote to the chief secretaries/administrators of states that the bird flu outbreak is not new to India as it has been reported every year since 2006.
Besides Mumbai the disease has been confirmed in Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat. The viral disease has also been confirmed in crow and pigeon in Bastar, white crow in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. Similarly, the disease has also been confirmed in cross samples from Haridwar and Lansdowne.
According to the statement, the team formed for monitoring the situation in the affected areas of the country are visiting the affected sites and are conducting studies. The ministry said the consumers should not pay attention to baseless rumours that often lead to confusion. These adversely affect not only poultry and egg markets but also poultry and maize farmers who are already affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India.