Bird flu outbreak: Madhya Pradesh bans chicken trade with southern states

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Bird flu outbreak: The Madhya Pradesh government has banned chicken trade with a few southern states for a limited period in view of the bird flu outbreak in parts of the state. Representational image.

Bird flu outbreak: The Madhya Pradesh government has banned chicken trade with a few southern states for a limited period in view of the bird flu outbreak in parts of the state, public relations department official said on Wednesday. The official, however, did not specify the states.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed the bird flu situation in the Madhya Pradesh and directed officials concerned to take necessary preventive measures. He also directed the officials to a step-up vigil at poultries in the districts where bird deaths have been reported.

“As a precautionary measure, chicken trade with some southern states will remain banned for a limited period,” the official said. “The government has enforced the ban after reports of death of crows in Indore, Agar Malwa, and Mandsaur,” he said.

“There is no problem as such in the state. The government has taken precautionary measures. And, the district authorities have been informed about the guidelines of the Centre,” the official said.

After Indore, in Mandsaur and Agar-Malwa districts also, bird flu virus was found in the carcasses of the dead birds.

In the review meeting, Chouhan directed the officials to ensure that guidelines are followed. He also asked the animal husbandry department and other allied agencies to remain alert.

State Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang and other senior officials were present in the meeting.

H5N8 virus found

H5N8 was present in the carcasses of crows died in Mandsaur and Agar Malwa districts. 155 dead crows have been found with H5N8 virus since the pathogen was first detected in in Indore.

Since December 23, 2020, about 400 avian deaths have been reported across 10 districts of Madhya Pradesh.

Besides Indore, Agar-Malwa and Mandsaur, samples of dead birds were collected from Ujjain, Sehore, Dewas, Guna, Shajapur, Khargone, and Neemuch districts, and sent to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal for testing, the official said.

Several states on Tuesday sounded an alert to contain the H5N8 strain of bird flu and sent samples for testing. In the meanwhile Kerala began culling of chickens and ducks. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu stepped up surveillance and formed guidelines following the outbreak of the viral infection in neighboring Kerala, where around 1,700 ducks have died due to the flu.

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