Bird flu threat looms amid the COVID-19 pandemic, five states confirm infection

Bird Flu

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new infectious disease has arisen within the country. After Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, now the threat of bird flu has intensified in Himachal Pradesh and Kerala too. Hundreds of birds have been found dead in these states. Recently, Kerala has declared the bird flu as a state disaster.

Union Minister Sanjeev Balayan said that the Centre has received reports of Avian influenza from five states – Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh. In Haryana, the virus has already infected the poultry, while in the rest of the states it has been detected only in wild and migratory birds.

The Union Minister said that the virus can infect humans but no such case has been reported so far. Significantly, there is no proven cure for the Avian influenza virus right now. The Centre has issued instructions to all states to be vigilant.

Regarding this matter, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan ordered a high-level meeting. After the meeting, Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that currently the virus has not been found in the state’s poultry. However, the state has decided to put a temporary ban on the transport of poultry products from Kerala and other affected states.

Currently, Haryana is the most affected state by the bird flu. According to the officials, more than four lakh poultry birds have died in Panchkula within the last ten days. Haryana’s neighbouring States, Kerala and Gujarat are alert and continuously monitoring the bird flu situation after the Centre’s notification.

After the confirmation of bird flu in Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India has set up a control room in the capital to regulate the recovery and control measures being implemented by the state authorities.

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