Bird Flu In Poultry Confirmed In 9 States So Far, Government Says
Broiler chickens feed at a poultry farm. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Bird Flu In Poultry Confirmed In 9 States So Far, Government Says

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The central government on Saturday said bird flu in poultry has been confirmed so far in nine states--Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

Avian influenza has been confirmed in 12 states for crows, migratory and wild birds, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said in a statement. The 12 states are Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

“However, crow/pigeon samples submitted from Rudraprayag, Lansdowne Forest Range and Paudi Forest Range of Uttarakhand; pigeon samples from Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan; crow and peacock samples from Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh have been found negative for Avian Influenza,” the statement said.

The ministry said that control and containment operations are going on in the affected epicentres of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Kerala.

“Compensation is paid to farmers whose poultry birds, eggs and poultry feed are culled/disposed of by the State as per the Action Plan,” the statement said.

The Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying provides funds to states and Union Territories on a 50:50 sharing basis.

All states are reporting to the Department on a daily basis regarding the control measures adopted by them based on the ‘Revised Action Plan for Prevention, Control and Containment of Avian Influenza 2021’.

The current bird flu outbreak comes barely a few months after India on Sept. 30, 2020, declared the country free from the disease. India notified the first outbreak of avian influenza in 2006.

Also read: Indian Zoo Stops Feeding Chickens to Hawks on Bird Flu Fears

Earlier this week, food regulator FSSAI issued detailed guidelines in view of the bird flu scare. It advised consumers not to eat half-boiled eggs and undercooked chicken, and ensure proper cooking of poultry meat.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India also urged consumers and food businesses "not to panic" and ensure proper handling and cooking of poultry meat and eggs for safe consumption.

The regulator mentioned that the World Health Organisation has stated it is safe to consume poultry meat and eggs and there is no epidemiological data to suggest the disease can be transmitted to humans through cooked food.

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