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UP, Haryana, Punjab, Odisha report bird deaths too | India News

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Bird deaths were reported from at least four new states — Haryana, Punjab, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh — even as a central team surveyed the avian flu-affected areas of Alappuzha in Kerala on Thursday to assess the situation after the outbreak of the H5N8 virus. Kerala is the worst affected among the four states where avian influenza has been confirmed after bird samples tested positive. The other three states are Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
The three-member central team visited the bird flu-affected places — Karuvatta, Pallippad and Thakazhi — and inspected the culling of birds. It will submit a report on the bird flu spread, the features of the virus and whether the culling methods meet the central guidelines. The team is also studying the public health risk of H5N8.
In UP, an alert was sounded after several crows were found dead in Sonbhadra on Wednesday. Samples have been sent to ascertain whether they died of the H5N8 virus. In Punjab, four crows and a crane were found dead in Gurdaspur district on Thursday.
In the neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, around 355 migratory birds were found dead in the Pong dam lake area in Kangra district on Thursday, taking the number of dead migratory birds to 3,410. Ten crows died in Haryana’s Jind district on Wednesday. “We have formed teams at block level to study the situation closely,” Ravinder Hooda, deputy director of state animal husbandry and dairying department, said.
In Odisha, nearly 120 poultry birds were found dead in Khurda district on Thursday. However, none of them tested positive for the virus, director of fisheries and animal resources department, Ratnakar Rout, said. In Rajasthan, another 375 birds were found dead on Thursday, higher than the 297 fatalities that were reported a day before.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government put its districts bordering Kerala on high alert on Thursday over supply of poultry products after six crows were found dead in Dakshina Kannada district on Tuesday. “We have sent the samples for tests,” health minister K Sudhakar said.
Intensify surveillance: Centre tells states
In the wake of unusual mortality of poultry, crows and migratory birds in Kerala, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, the Centre on Thursday asked these states to be prepared for any eventuality of avian influenza and ensure sufficient stock of PPE kits and accessories required for culling operations. The National Disaster Management Authority held a meeting with all states’ officials of health and animal husbandry departments and State Disaster Management Authorities to take stock of preparedness and advise on intensive surveillance in affected areas.

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