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Bird flu outbreak in 10 states confirmed

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New Delhi, Jan 11: The Centre Monday said bird flu has been con-firmed in 10 states so far and stressed on increased surveillance around water bodies, live bird mar-kets, zoos and poultry farms.

 “Till January 11, 2021, Avian Influenza has been confirmed in 10 states of the country,” the depart-ment of animal husbandry and dairying said in a statement.

 The outbreak was confirmed in seven states — Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh-as on January 10. On Monday, bird flu has also been confirmed in Delhi, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra.

 States have been asked to build awareness among the public and avoid the spread of misinforma-tion. “States/ UTs have been re-quested to increase surveillance around water bodies, live bird mar-kets, zoos, poultry farms, etc. Along with proper disposal of carcass, and strengthening of biosecurity in poultry farms,” it said. 

The Centre has also directed states to maintain adequate stock of PPE kits and acces-sories required for culling oper-ations. It has asked state animal husbandry departments to en-sure effective communication and coordination with health au-thorities for close vigilance of the disease status and avoid any chances of transmission of the disease into humans.

 Meanwhile, the department said that ICAR- NIHSAD has confirmed the death of crows and migra-tory/wild birds in Tonic, Karauli, Bhilwara districts of Rajasthan as well as Valsad, Vadodara and Surat districts of Gujarat. 

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