Centre Confirms Avian Flu Outbreak in Eastern part of Bengaluru


Centre Confirms Avian Flu Outbreak: Earlier this week, there was an outbreak of Bird Flu which is also known as Avian Influenza in the Dasarahalli village in Bengaluru. Now, central government confirms the Bird Flu outbreak in the eastern part of Bengaluru. The situation was right away detected by the poultry farm and also the government and took the situation under control.

According to the reports, incidence of Avian Influenza with H5 Virus Strain was confirmed in around 942 chickens infected with Avian Influenza in Bengaluru. The Karnataka government said the situation was fully under control and there were no reports of mortality in the state or any other part of the country. The incident came into light on December 31, 2017 after which sanitation and disinfection of the area were taken up.

In an official statement, the Union agriculture ministry said Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal confirmed the outbreak in Dasarahalli area. An official release said birds in some poultry farms in the area started dying in December last year, triggering panic of avian bird flu, following which the area was quarantined and culling of birds was carried out.

Around 1 km to 10 km ‘surveillance zone’ is under intensive watch and there is no report of any unnatural death of poultry birds in this zone, a statement said. Experts from the Department of Health and Family Welfare deputed by the Government of India arrived at Bengaluru on January 4.

The state government was intimated about the results immediately. “On the directions of the Centre, the Karnataka government has notified the outbreak and initiated the control and containment operations,” it said. A central team comprising two experts has been deputed to Bengaluru for overseeing the operation and to assist the state government, it added. Bird flu is a viral infection that primarily infects birds, including chicken, other poultry, and wild birds such as ducks.

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