The Union government has said that bird flu has been confirmed in poultry birds in few more places in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. So far, the outbreak of bird flu or avian influenza has been confirmed in nine states — Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
The disease in other birds such as crows, migratory and wild birds has been confirmed in 12 states.
Mass culling of poultry birds was carried out in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh even as half a dozen other wild birds tested positive for the disease in the Deoria district.
In a statement, the ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying said that bird flu has been confirmed in poultry samples from Nanded, Solapur, Pune, Ahmednagar, Buldhana, Akola, Nashik and Hingoli districts of Maharashtra as well as in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat and Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh.
Further, the viral disease has been confirmed in crows in Rudraprayag forest division (Uttarakhand), in Titar in Junagad (Gujarat) and in peacocks in Beed (Maharashtra).
The ministry said control and containment operations are going on in the affected epicentres of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.
Surveillance work is continuing at the places where positive results have been reported in other species of birds, excluding poultry, it added.