“Avian influenza has been confirmed by the National Institute of Security Animal Diseases,” Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to the respective states.
According to WHO, H5N1 is a type of influenza virus that causes “highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza.”
In Haryana, over 1.6 lakh birds will be culled after a sample tested positive.
“In Kerala, it is learnt that culling operations have been completed in both the affected districts. The disinfection process is underway,” according to an official statement.
In the national capital, the deaths of 20 crows in the past few days have created panic among the residents. Unusual mortality of 16 birds has also been reported at DDA Park Hastsal Village in the national capital, and samples have been sent to a testing lab.
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 there has been confirmation of Avian Influenza positive samples from ICAR-NIHSAD in poultry in two farms of in Haryana’s Panchkula district. Positive samples have also been reported in migratory birds in the Junagadh district of Gujarat and in crows in Sawai Madhopur, Pali, Jaisalmer and Mohar districts of Rajasthan.
The government said awareness among poultry farmers and the consumers of eggs of chicken about the disease is of foremost importance. “Communication from the secretary, department of animal husbandry and dairying, has also been sent to the health ministry to restore consumer confidence in consumption of chicken and eggs,” a statement said.