Bird flu cases have been reported in several states in India including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh. Recently, several birds have been found dead in 5 more states- Gujarat, UP, Haryana, Punjab and Odisha. The government has issued a bird flu alert in all these states.
Recently, four crows have been found dead in the Sun Temple in Mehsana, 4 birds have been reported dead in Surat and 55 birds in Junagadh. The samples have been sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases laboratory in Bhopal to test the bird flu.
The state government has ordered officials to survey poultry farms where the birds have died suddenly. They are also advised to check the symptoms of bird flu in poultry workers and family members who came in contact with the poultry.
In Uttar Pradesh, 4 crows have been found dead in the premises of a school in Jhansi and 9 crows have been found dead in Sonbhadra. The officials suspect that these birds died due to cold not due to bird flu. But they have sent bird samples to a lab for bird flu testing.
In the past 20 days, more than four lakh poultry birds have been found dead in Panchkula. Recently, the death of 10 crows has been reported in Haryana’s Jind district. However, there are no reports of bird flu until now.
In the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, 4 crows and 1 bird have been found dead. The government has ordered officials to check on sudden deaths of migratory and poultry birds in the State.
More than 100 poultry birds have been found dead in Khordha district of Odisha. However, all the samples came negative in the bird flu test.
The government has asked people not to panic over the incident as the avian influenza virus test came negative in all five selected sample
The officials say asked people not to panic over the incident because the chances of bird flu infecting a human are very rare.