Maharashtra and Delhi today confirmed the outbreak of avian influenza, or the bird flu, with this, nine states have been affected by the spread of bird flu. Bird flu cases have been reported in Mumbai, Thane, Parbhani, Bid and Nagar in Maharashtra.
In Delhi, all eight samples have been found positive for avian influenza, Dr. Rakesh Singh from the animal husbandry unit of the Development Department said, PTI reported.
Maharashtra has confirmed bird flu after 800 chickens found dead at Murumba village in Parbhani district. “Three days ago, 800 chickens in Murumba village died due to bird flu. The administration had sent blood samples of dead chickens to National Laboratory. Reports confirm that the chickens died of bird flu,” the District Collector of Parbhani area said, ANI reported.
In order to assess the situation arising out of the bird flu outbreak, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will chair a meeting to review the bird flu situation in the state.
The outbreak has been confirmed in 9 states in India; Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
Bird Flu or Avian influenza refers to the disease caused by infection with bird flu Type A viruses. These viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying on Sunday said that the central teams formed for monitoring the spread of bird flu are visiting the affected sites in seven states across the country.