New Delhi: Soon after Maharashtra, Delhi also confirmed bird flu outbreak after tests from eight samples from dead crows and ducks came to be positive for avian flu, officials confirmed on Monday. With this, a total of nine states, including Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat have confirmed the disease.Also Read - Night Curfew, Sunday Lockdown: COVID Curbs Continue In These States Amid Cases | Check Guidelines
All eight samples — four from a park in Mayur Vihar Phase 3, three from Sanjay Lake and one from Dwarka — were found positive for avian influenza, Dr Rakesh Singh from the animal husbandry unit of the Development Department said. Also Read - Pics of 2 'Kissing' Owlets Delight The Internet, IFS Officer Calls it 'Pre-Wedding Photoshoot'
The Parliament Standing Committee on Agriculture has scheduled a meeting at 3 PM today to discuss measures taken by authorities involved to control the outbreak. It has also summoned senior officials of the Ministry of Animal Husbandry to examine to availability of animal vaccines. Also Read - Maharashtra, Karnataka, 4 Others Among 'States of Concern', Centre Rushes Teams To Review Situation
Earlier this morning, Maharashtra confirmed the avian flu outbreak after more than 800 chickens were found dead in Murumba village. Parbhan District Collector Deepak Mughlikar stated that all birds in poultry farms within a one-kilometre radius of Muramba village will be culled.
He also asserted that there is no danger to human life. “We have started checking people as well. There is no fear of transmission to humans,” he said.
Central teams have already formed teams for monitoring the situation in the affected areas of the country are visiting the affected sites. One of the central teams reached Kerala on January 9 and is presently monitoring the epicentre sites and conducting an epidemiological investigation. Another central team reached Himachal Pradesh on January 10 and is undertaking survey in the affected areas.
The Centre has asked states to build awareness among the public and avoid the spread of misinformation regarding avian influenza.