More than four lakh poultry birds have been found dead in the past several days in 20 farms of Panchkula district of Haryana.
Karnataka is on high alert to stop the spread of avian influenza. Karnataka on Wednesday banned entry of poultry and other birds from Kerala to the state. Thousands of ducks have died in Kerala due to bird flu. Since then, the governments of both states have been on alert. Several steps have been taken to sanitize vehicles coming from Kerala in Karnataka. The Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medical Services has increased security at border check posts.
The Madhya Pradesh government has also imposed a temporary ban on poultry imports from Kerala. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday held an emergency meeting with senior officials at his residence after the news of bird flu came to light and decided that poultry and other birds from Kerala and some other states affected by bird flu in South India Business and trade should be stopped for some time.
Chauhan said that bird flu has not been found in any poultry farm in the affected area in Madhya Pradesh. The situation is being monitored. Necessary precautionary measures are being taken and districts have been made aware of the guidelines issued by the Central Government. Many birds have died in Indore, Agar Malwa and Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, most of which are crows.
Directive of Punjab government
Amidst the fear of bird flu, the Punjab government has directed officials to keep an eye on the unusual death of a migratory bird and poultry bird in the state and send their samples for examination. Officials said on Wednesday that so far no cases of bird flu have come in Punjab. Harbinder Singh Kahlon, director of the Animal Husbandry Department of Punjab, said that to monitor the unusual death of birds, “Advisory has been issued for surveillance in commercial poultry farms and bakeyard poultry farms”. He informed that consultation has been sent to all the 22 Deputy Directors of the department so that regular visits of field personnel can be done in the commercial and backyard poultry farms.
Significantly, H5N8 form of bird flu has been found in the samples taken for dead birds from Pong Dam lake sanctuary in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. More than four lakh poultry birds have been found dead in the past several days in 20 farms of Panchkula district of Haryana.