At a time when India is facing the crisis of coronavirus and its new strain, another deadly “Avian Influenza” i.e. Bird Flu outbreak has put the states on high alert. For now, Bird Flu cases have been confirmed in Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. Bird Flu is a strain of influenza virus that mostly affects birds but it can also pass on to humans and may prove fatal. This flu is normally contracted by being in contact with sick birds.
Deaths reported in Himachal Pradesh, MP, Rajasthan More than 40,000 Birds to be culled in Kerala to stop the spreading of outbreak
At Kangra district in Himachal, hundreds of birds who were dead at Pong Dam Lake have been tested positive for the deadly Bird Flu putting State’s Wildlife Authorities on the alert. Whereas in Rajasthan, more than 170 birds were reported to be dead alone on Monday taking the total mortality over 425. The Rajasthan State Animal Husbandry Department said that the flu has been confirmed only in the district of Jhalawar while reports of other deaths are yet to be determined. In MP, the first case of flu was found in cows whose carcasses were found in Indore last week which put the authorities on alert. In Southern India, flu cases have been reported in Kerala where more than 1500 ducks were found to be dead at a farm in Kottayam District. To control the spread of bird flu, more than 40,000 birds will have to be culled, as said by Kerala Government Officials. Whereas Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to ban human activities within 10kn radius of Pong Lake in Kangra district.
This Bird Flu Outbreak has added to the woes of Coronavirus Crisis for India
India is already facing pandemic crisis due to coronavirus and its recent new strain which has been confirmed in some states. Now with the outburst of Bird Flu, states will have to face challenging times to deal with both coronavirus and this deadly flu.