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Bird Flu scare: Need for high-alert in Maharashtra, says Rajesh Tope

Amidst the bird flu scare across the state, Tope has stated that there is a need to declare a high alert in Maharashtra.

Bird Flu scare: Need for high-alert in Maharashtra, says Rajesh Tope
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With the Avian Influenza getting confirmed in Maharashtra after the death of different birds in Parbhani, Mumbai, Thane, Beed and Dapoli in the state, Health Minister Rajesh Tope has stated that there is a need to declare a high alert in Maharashtra, in view of the situation.

Earlier on January 6, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy informed that avian influenza has been reported from the four states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala at 12 epicentres. In Haryana, around one lakh poultry birds have died mysteriously in the last week. A bird flu alert has been sounded in Rajasthan, where more than 250 crows were found dead in half a dozen districts.

On Monday, January 11, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray chaired a meeting as he urged people not to panic. Moreover, he directed the local administration to be vigilant and implement all the precautionary measures without any negligence. The CM further added that in areas where there are no cases of bird flu, people can consume eggs and chicken after cooking or boiling them at 70°C for 30 minutes.

On the other hand, with the news of the bird flu making the headlines, the prices and sales of chicken and eggs have drastically declined where egg prices have fallen by INR 1, from INR 6 to INR 5, on Monday, January 11, 2021. As a result, traders have asked the government to take a firm decision in the next two days, as they fear that the price could further drop down to INR 3 to 4. Furthermore, the price of chicken has also come down. According to a recently released report, the cost of chicken has fallen by INR 10 to 20, due to which the sales have shown a drop by 50 per cent.

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