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 - Vaccination Drive Suspended in Maharashtra Till Monday Due to CoWin App Glitches
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 - Delhi Zoo Reports First Confirmed Case of Bird Flu After Owl Found Dead
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 Man Kills Girlfriend to Avoid Marrying Her, Hides Body in Walls of Flat
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.