Mumbai: Bird flu has been confirmed in eight states and one Union Territory so far, with Maharashtra and Delhi being the latest in the list.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called an urgent meeting at 5 pm on Monday to discuss further action.
Cases of fatal disease among birds were confirmed in Parbhani and the district administration has decided to drag all the birds within a kilometre radius to the poultry farms where 800 chickens died due to bird flu.
“Three days ago, 800 chickens in Murumba village died due to bird flu. District administration had sent blood samples of dead chickens to National Laboratory. Reports confirm that the chickens died of bird flu,” Deepak Mughlikar, District Collector, Parbhani told news agency ANI.
Three days ago, 800 chickens in Murumba village died due to bird flu. District administration had sent blood samples of dead chickens to National Laboratory. Reports confirm that the chickens died of bird flu: Deepak Mughlikar, District Collector, Parbhani. #Maharashtra
— ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2021
Meanwhile, national capital–Delhi has become the ninth state to confirm cases of bird flu amid concerns over the spread of the disease in several states.
The Animal Husbandry Department of Delhi confirmed, “Bird flu has been confirmed in the state after testing eight samples of dead ravens and ducks. The total for testing to find out whether avian influenza was the cause of the bird’s death. 104 samples were sent to Bhopal and Jalandhar laboratory.”
On Sunday, the famous Sanjay Lake in the national capital was declared a “vigilante area” as 17 more ducks were found dead there. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has already closed the water body-cum-park.
Three other recreational parks in the national capital – Hauz Khas Park, Dwarka Sector 9 Park, Hatsal Park – have also been closed due to fear of bird flu.
Besides Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra have confirmed avian influenza.