Maharashtra Confirms Bird Flu, Over 800 chickens found dead; CM Uddhav Thackeray calls for meeting to review situation

January 11, 2021 by No Comments

A bird flu outbreak has been confirmed in Maharashtra after test results showed that 800 chickens died of the flu in the Parbhani district.

Maharashtra’s National Laboratory has confirmed that 800 chickens in Parbhani’s Murumba village died due to bird flu. “Three days ago, 800 chickens in Murumba village died due to bird flu. District administration had sent blood samples of dead chickens to National Laboratory. Reports confirm that the chickens died of bird flu,”  said, Deepak Mughlikar, District Collector, Parbhani

The official said that all the birds in poultry farms within one-kilometre radius of Muramba village will be culled. Moreover, the sale and purchase of birds within a 10-km radius has been suspended. “All people in the village are being tested for the virus and a medical team is present,” the collector said.

Eleven crows were found dead in Mumbai’s Chembur area on Sunday and the samples of dead crows have been sent for examination.

In order to assess the situation arising out of the bird flu outbreak, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday will chair a meeting to review the bird flu situation in Maharashtra, officials said.

Maharashtra has become the eighth state where the bird flu outbreak has been confirmed. The other seven states are Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. Test results are still awaited for samples from Delhi.

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