Bird flu confirms in Maharashtra, CM Thackeray held an urgent meeting

Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai : The Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday held an emergent meeting with higher officials on the cases of bird flu in the state. Cases of the deadly disease among birds were confirmed in Parbhani and the district administration has decided to cull all the birds in poultry farms within a one-kilometre radius of the site where 800 chickens died due to bird flu.

Earlier, over 800 chickens in Murumba village died due to bird flu. District administration had sent blood samples of dead chickens to National Laboratory. Reports confirm that the chickens died because of bird flu.

The Parbhani district administration has decided that all birds in poultry farms within a one-kilometre radius of Muramba village will be culled. Besides, sale and purchase of birds within a 10-km radius have also been suspended. All people in the village are being tested for the virus and a medical team is present there, informs Deepak Mughlikar, the district collector.

Moreover, Avian Influenza is confirmed in crows from Mumbai, Thane, Beed and Dapoli in Maharashtra. Prior to Maharashtra, the cases of bird flu were confirmed in Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh.

The chief minister Thackeray instructed all concerned to deal the problem and initiate the necessary steps to curb the menace. The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy Development had said that various teams have been sent across the state to visit and examine the sites that have been affected with bird flu. Meanwhile, Delhi has banned import of live birds and the biggest wholesale poultry market in Ghazipur has been temporarily shut down in view of the situation.