In all 1,162 birds including as high as 1,108 poultry birds died in Maharashtra due to avian influenza. Mortality has been reported in 30 other birds like herons, sparrows, parrots and 24 crows. The samples have been sent to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal and Diseases Investigation Section, Pune for testing. A total of 18411 deaths of various birds have been recorded till date since the outbreak of bird flu on January 8.
According to the department of animal husbandry so far 50,975 poultry birds, 8 ducks, 38,760 eggs and 54,851 kg poultry feed have been destroyed from infected zones. The department has issued the notification in the Yawatmal district in Vidarbha region and culling of poultry birds, destruction of eggs, dropping, manure, feed in the radius of one km from the infected poultry farms.
Surveillance work is continued at the places where results have been reported in other species of birds excluding poultry. The poultry farmers have been urged to follow strict biosecurity measures.
The state government has conferred powers to district collectors for the prevention, control and eradication of avian influenza under the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals Act, 2009.
The poultry farm owners and the general public have been communicated to immediately inform the nearby veterinary dispensary about the mortality in the crows, parrots, herons or in migratory birds in any village or any unusual mortality of poultry birds in commercial farms and backyard poultry. The government has also urged to give intimation in this regard on the Toll free no 18002330418.