In Parbhani in Maharashtra, nearly 500 km from Mumbai, at least 900 hens died in the past two days. It has now been confirmed that the reason behind their death is bird flu.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will hold a meeting on Monday evening to review the bird flu situation.
In Delhi too bird flu has been confirmed after testing eight samples from dead crows and ducks. “All the samples tested positive for avian flu,” said the animal husbandry department of Delhi. A total of 104 samples were sent to Bhopal and Jalandhar labs for testing to ascertain whether avian influenza was the cause of the bird deaths.
On Sunday, the famous Sanjay Lake Delhi was declared “alert zone” after 17 more ducks were found dead there. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has already closed the water body-cum-park.
Three other recreational parks in the national capital — Hauz Khas Park, Dwarka Sector 9 Park, Hastsal Park – have also been closed amid the bird flu scare.
Seven other states – Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat – had earlier confirmed Avian Influenza as the cause of the recent bird deaths.
The parliamentary standing committee on agriculture has summoned senior officials of the ministry of animal husbandry to examine the availability of animal vaccines in the country. The meeting will take place at 3 pm on Monday. Haryana has reported the most number of bird deaths with more than 4 lakh birds dying in the past few weeks.
In Kerala, thousands of birds were culled last week after 12,000 ducks died and the H5N8 strain of Avian Influenza was confirmed in parts of Alappuzha and Kottayam districts. Sale of poultry and related products has been regulated only in the affected parts.