New Delhi: Bird flu outbreaks have been confirmed in 12 states so far, out of which cases have been reported in poultry birds from nine states, while in wild birds from 12 states, the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said on Saturday.Also Read - Kerala: 12,000 Ducks Culled in Alappuzha Amid Bird Flu Alert

As on January 23, outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in these nine states for poultry birds: Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Also Read - Bird Flu Confirmed In Kerala's Alappuzha Once Again, Culling of Birds Ordered in Affected Areas

According to a ministry statement, bird flu cases have been reported in these 12 states for crow/migratory/wild birds: Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. Also Read - 189 Birds Dead in Rajasthan Due to Avian Influenza

However, crow/pigeon samples submitted from Rudraprayag, Lansdowne Forest Range and Paudi Forest Range of Uttarakhand; pigeon samples from Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan; crow and peacock samples from Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh have been found negative for Avian Influenza, the statement added.

Control and Containment Operations (Cleaning and Disinfection) are going on in the affected epicentres of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Kerala.

Compensation is paid to the farmers whose poultry birds, eggs and poultry feed are culled/disposed of by the state as per the action plan. The Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) provides funds to states/UTs on a 50:50 sharing basis under ASCAD component of its LH & DC Scheme, said the ministry.

All the states are reporting to the department on a daily basis regarding the control measures adopted by them based on the Revised Action Plan for Prevention, Control and Containment of Avian Influenza 2021, said the statement.

(With inputs from agencies)