Less Infectious Variant of Bird Flu Detected in Rajasthan’s Kota, Baran Districts
After bird flu was confirmed in samples of carcasses sent out from Jhalawar, avian influenza subtype H5N8, which experts stated is less infectious than H5N1 virus, has been identified in Rajasthan’s Kota and Baran districts. The state on Tuesday reported deaths of 200 more birds, officials stated. They said the variety of birds which passed away in Rajasthan in the current days reached 625 on Tuesday morning, amid a break out of bird influenza. The fatalities were reported in 16 of the 33 districts of Rajasthan.
Also, 86 samples from 11 districts have been sent out for testing to detect bird flu, which is a highly contagious and extreme respiratory illness in birds triggered by the H5N1 influenza virus, which can occasionally contaminate human beings too. Farming and Animal Husbandry Department Minister Lal Chand Kataria held an evaluation meeting on Tuesday to analyze the scenario.
He said avian influenza has been discovered in three districts of Rajasthan and the infection is spreading out in neighbouring states also, which refers concern. “Chicken and eggs have not been affected due to the infection however all precautions are being taken looking at the large-scale deaths of crows. Samples sent out from Jodhpur have tested unfavorable. However, favorable cases of bird influenza have actually been discovered in Jhalawar, Kota and Baran districts,” Kataria said.
He said there will be no ban on sale of eggs as no effect of bird flu has been discovered in poultry up until now. Poultry farm owners have looked out, the minister said. Kataria said the state government wants to establish a lab so that hold-up in testing of samples can be avoided.
Animal Husbandry Department Principal Secretary Kunji Lal Meena stated the only recognized lab to perform test of such diseases remains in Bhopal. The Centre has actually concurred in concept to encourage regional labs. Department secretary Arushi Malik stated the infection discovered in Kota and Baran is avian influenza subtype H5N8, which is less contagious than H5N1. However precautions require to be taken, Malik said.
Himachal Pradesh on Monday became the fourth state to report cases of bird flu after Rajasthan, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, with officials confirming that migratory birds discovered dead at Pong Dam Lake in Kangra district have checked positive for the dreadful bird influenza. In Rajasthan, deaths of more than 170 birds were reported from some districts on Monday.
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