Bird Flu confirmed in Maharashtra's Palghar area

Following the death of 45 chickens at a poultry farm, the avian influenza has been confirmed in Palghar, Maharashtra.

Bird Flu confirmed in Maharashtra's Palghar area

On Wednesday, February 24, bird flu was confirmed in the Palghar area of Maharashtra following the death of 45 chickens at a poultry farm.

Moreover, Deputy Collector Kiran Mahajan, speaking to the media stated, “The district administration has ordered the closure of all poultry farms and shops selling chicken for the next 21 days." in view of the health risks.

Earlier on Sunday, February 21, the state reported the deaths of 381 birds in the midst of the avian influenza scare. According to the authorities, 380 of these were poultry birds, including 190 from Nandurbar and 115 from Amravati in Vidarbha. Meanwhile, samples were sent to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal and the Disease Investigation Section in Pune for testing.

As of now, 7,20,515 poultry birds, including 5,86,668 from Navapur in Nandurbar, have been culled, and 26,44,177 eggs, as well as 73,004 kilograms of poultry feed, have been destroyed in infected zones. According to reports, carcasses of culled birds were being buried in lime lined pits to prevent the spread of infection.

On the other hand, the state government had earlier released a compensation of INR 3 crores for the poultry industry. Under the Control and Containment of the Infectious Diseases Act, district collectors have been empowered to take steps so that timely action is initiated. Moreover, instructions have already been issued to the regional joint commissioners of the animal husbandry department for carrying out extensive sero-surveillance at the sites visited by migratory birds.

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