New Delhi: The government said on Friday that bird flu has been confirmed in six states so far – Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat, and asked these six states to contain the disease as per the action plan. More bird deaths were reported from some parts of the country on Friday amid cases of avian influenza. Also Read - Bird Flu: Noticeable Dip in Chicken Sales, Say Shopkeepers in Delhi

“So far, the disease has been confirmed from six states (Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat). Also Read - Bird Flu Scare Hits Delhi as Over 100 Crows Fall Dead in Mayur Vihar Phase III Park

“It is learnt that culling operations have been completed in both the affected districts of Kerala. The disinfection process is underway,” according to an official statement. Also Read - No Case of Bird Flu in Delhi Yet: Sisodia Directs Officials To Keep Close Watch on Poultry Birds

The Punjab government has declared the entire state as ‘controlled area’ in view of avian Influenza or bird flu in the neighbouring states. The state government has imposed a complete ban on import of live birds including poultry and unprocessed poultry meat for any purpose into Punjab with immediate effect till January 15.

Meanwhile, the Assam government has imposed an indefinite ban on the entry of poultry products from outside the Northeastern region as a precautionary measure. The ban comes into force with immediate effect and will remain in effect until further orders, according to a notification issued by the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department.

Unusual mortality of 16 birds has also been reported at DDA park Hastsal Village in Delhi, and samples have been sent to a testing lab.

States that are still unaffected by Avian Influenza (AI) have been requested to keep a vigil on any unusual mortality among birds and to report immediately so that necessary measures are taken in the fastest possible time, it added.

Central teams have been deployed to visit the affected states of Kerala, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for monitoring and for epidemiological investigation.

The government said that in Haryana, there has been confirmation of Avian Influenza positive samples from ICAR-NIHSAD in poultry (two poultry farms) of the Panchkula district.

Positive samples have also been reported in migratory birds in the Junagadh district, Gujarat, and in crows in Sawai Madhopur, Pali, Jaisalmer and Mohar districts of Rajasthan.

Therefore, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying has suggested the affected states to contain the disease as per the Action Plan on Avian Influenza.

Over 1.60 lakh birds of five poultry farms in Haryana’s Panchkula district are set to be culled as some poultry samples there have tested positive for the avian flu, Agriculture minister J P Dalal said on Friday.

The employees of these poultry farms too would be examined by the health department, Dalal further said, adding they would also be given anti-viral medicines.

Notably, over four lakh poultry birds died at some farms in Haryana’s Panchkula district over the past several days.

Fresh cases of birds death were reported in parts of Rajasthan, taking the tally to 2,166.

The avian influenza subtype H5N8 has been detected in 11 districts of the state, including state capital.

As per Animal Husbandry Department, 329 deaths of birds, including 223 crows, 11 peacocks, 55 pigeons and 40 others were reported in the state today.

Around 50 birds, mostly crows, have died in the national capital over the last three to four days amid a bird flu scare, officials said.

We received information about the death of crows in Dwarka and Mayur Vihar Phase 3 and of a few wild birds in Hastsal in West Delhi. However, it is yet to be ascertained if bird flu infection is the reason, Dr. Rakesh Singh from the animal husbandry unit of the Development Department said.

Around 50 birds have died in these areas over the last three to four days, he said.

Amid a bird flue scare, shops selling poultry meat in the national capital have recorded have recorded 20-25 per cent dip in sales of chicken over the last few weeks.

Four crows were found dead in Chhattisgarh’s Balod district, officials said.

Samples of three of them were sent for laboratory testing to ascertain the cause of death, they said.

The district administration has alerted people associated with backyard and commercial poultry to report immediately to the nearest veterinary centre if they witness unexplained death in birds, the officials said.

The death of four crows was reported from Pondi village, located around 13 km away from Balod town, in the last two days, Collector Janmejay Mahobe said.

The cause of their deaths was not immediately known and their samples have been sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, for testing to check if they died due to bird flu, he said.

(With inputs from PTI)