THE Central Government on Wednesday stated that nine States have confirmed Bird Flu in poultry birds and 12 States have confirmed the virus in crow, migratory and wild birds.

In a press release, the Ministry of Fisheries, animal husbandry, and Dairying said, “Till January 27, outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird flu) have been confirmed in nine states for poultry birds. The States are Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab for poultry birds. The Ministry further said that Birdflu has been confirmed in 12 States in crows, migratory and wild birds. These states include Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, and Punjab.

“Control and Containment Operations are going on in the affected epicenters of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat,” it said. Surveillance work is also continuing in the places where positive results have been reported in other species of birds excluding poultry, they added.

The Ministry added that compensation is paid to farmers whose poultry birds, eggs, and poultry feed are culled or disposed of by the State as per the Action Plan. The Government of Maharashtra has sanctioned a compensation package of Rs 1,30,00,00 for a culling of poultry and other birds and operational cost of disease control, under the Bird Flu Disease Control Program, they added.

MAH RECORDS 376 BIRD DEATHS IN A DAY: AS many as 376 birds, including 303 poultry birds, were found dead amid the avian influenza scare in Maharashtra on Tuesday, an official from the state animal husbandry department said on Wednesday. Samples of birds found dead before Tuesday have been sent to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Disease (NIHSAD) in Bhopal, he said.

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