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Bird flu stalks Delhi, crows found dead at several places

New Delhi: Even as bird flu continues to wreak havoc in the country, in the last few days many crows have been found dead at various places in Delhi. 

On Saturday, the Deputy Chief Minister’s office said that their samples have been sent to laboratories for testing.

A Delhi government team found 17 dead crows in a park in Mayur Vihar III, Delhi, from which four samples were collected. Two crows were found dead in DDA Park Dwarka and a sample was collected. Officials said a total of 16 dead crows were found in a park in Hatsal village in West District.

The department’s doctor Rakesh Singh said, “We got information about the death of the crow in Dwarka, Mayur Vihar Phase 3 and Hatsal village in west Delhi. However, it is not yet known whether there is a bird flu infection or not. .”

Officials further said that the samples collected have been sent to a laboratory in Palam to be sent to the National High Security Animal Disease Institute, ICAR, Bhopal and a laboratory in Jalandhar on 9 January.

Bird flu cases confirmed in six states

The central government has confirmed bird flu in a total of six states – Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat. These states have been asked to tackle the disease as per the action plan.

The Center has deployed multi-disciplinary teams in the bird flu affected areas of these six states.

In Madhya Pradesh, chicken has been banned for 10 days as a precaution after the death of crows due to influenza. To prevent the spread of the highly contagious H5N8 avian, 69,000 chickens and ducks were killed in two districts of Kerala.

Earlier, the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy had issued an advisory to prevent further spread of infection in poultry ducks, crows and migratory birds. The outbreak comes months after India was declared disease-free on September 30, 2020.

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