At a time when India is about to start inoculation of covid-19 vaccine in an order to spread Corona infection, another challenge has come to the fore. Cases of Bird Flu have been reported from five states including Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala.
Health officials in Himachal have confirmed that migratory birds found dead at Pong Dam Lake in Kangra district have tested positive for the dreaded avian influenza, a report says. Meanwhile, the District Magistrate has issued an order, completely prohibiting sale/purchase/export of any poultry/birds/fish of any breed/age and their related products (eggs, meat, chicken etc) in Fatehpur, Dehra, Jawali and Indora areas of Kangra. No movement of humans shall be allowed within one km radius of Pong Dam or alert zone declared by Kangra district administration, said the official order. As many as 1,800 migratory birds, most of them bar-headed geese have been found dead in the lake sanctuary so far.
Bird flu, caused by the H5N1 influenza virus, is a highly infectious and severe respiratory disease, which can occasionally infect humans as well.
Earlier on Monday, Rajasthan reported death of over 170 birds due to Bird Flu. As per the Animal Husbandry department, over 425 deaths of crows, herons and other birds have been reported in the state so far, PTI reported. The bird flu outbreak has also been reported from some parts of Kottayam and Alappuzha districts in Kerala. The authorities have ordered culling of ducks, hens and other domestic birds in and around one km radius of the affected areas.
Similar cases of Bird Flu have been confirmed in dead crows in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district as well.