Mumbai: A state government official said on Tuesday that the number of bird deaths in Maharashtra reached 289 and the death toll of birds reached 18,700.
He said that samples of these birds have been sent to a laboratory in Bhopal to ascertain whether they were infected with avian influenza disease.
“Of these 289 birds, 260 were poultry birds while the others are herons, parrots, crows etc,” the official said.
He said that 51,090 poultry birds, eight ducks, 38,798 eggs and 55,476 kg of poultry fodder have been destroyed in the infected areas in Maharashtra so far.
Earlier this month, outbreaks of bird flu were confirmed in some districts of Maharashtra.
“Poultry birds have been started killing, destroying eggs, droppings, manure, fodder etc. within a one-km radius around infected hen farms,” he said.
Culling is basically done to prevent the spread of domestic poultry birds, such as chickens and ducks, such as bird flu. During this process, all domestic birds in an infected area where bird flu cases have occurred and their remains are buried.