Outbreak of Bird Flu in Many States of India, other States on Alert.

Kerala : States in India Like Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and Rajasthan on Monday confirmed bird flu to be the cause of death of hundreds of birds even as several other states, including Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, sounded alerts on the disease.

Around 2300 migratory birds Died till Monday — in the Pong Dam reservoir area in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh was due to avian influenza, chief conservator of forests, Dharamshala, Upasana Patiyal, confirmed on Monday. As a precaution Measure, the state government has banned the sale, purchase and slaughter of poultry in Fatehpur, Dehra, Jawali and Indora sub-divisions of Kangra district. Export of poultry products and fish has also been stopped.

The animal husbandry department staff has been instructed to Plan a rapid response teams to Stop the spread of the disease. Kerala’s minister for forests, wildlife and animal husbandry K Raju said bird flu was reported in Kottayam and Alappuzha and that 12,000 ducks were killed by the disease. Authorities have been Directed to cull all birds within a one-kilometre radius of the areas in which it was reported.

This would include all types of poultry and ornamental birds. Raju said 36,000 birds will have to be culled to avoid further spread of the disease.

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