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16 birds die in Thane, state govt declares red alert

On Wednesday, January 6, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying informed that avian influenza has been reported from the four states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala at 12 epicentres.

16 birds die in Thane, state govt declares red alert
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Avian flu or Bird Flu outbreak has been reported in various states – Kerala, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh -- causing deaths of hundreds of birds. On Wednesday, according to the latest reports, around 16 birds have been found dead in Thane, which has sparked bird flu fear in the city.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Minister Sunil Kedar has informed that carcasses of around 12 dead birds tested negative for bird flu in the state. “The state is on red alert, seeing corona we have to be very alert about it. We cannot let the outbreak happen.”

On Wednesday, January 6, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying informed that avian influenza has been reported from the four states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala at 12 epicentres.

Though, the officials have assured that there is no need to panic as there is no imminent threat before the state. They also stated that the chances of humans getting this virus were miniscule. Also, the state government has issued an advisory to those in the poultry business and consumers of non-vegetarian food not to panic unnecessarily.

According to reports, on Wednesday, January 6, three crows and 15 pond herons were found dead in Mumbai and Thane, respectively. The animal husbandry department, however, said that the reason for the birds perishing was not known but it is understood that avian flu could be the reason for the same.

The veterinary department of the Thane Municipal Corporation received a call about the dead herons near Vijay Garden society in Ghodbunder. The crows were found dead near the police commissioner’s office.

In 2006, H5N1 virus outbreak was reported in Nandurbar and Dhule districts in north Maharashtra, which had affected thousands of birds.

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