NEW DELHI: The Union Environment Ministry wrote to state chief secretaries and chief wildlife wardens asking them to constitute monitoring committees amidst reports regarding mass bird deaths as a result of bird flu.
States such as Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan reported deaths of crows and migratory birds.
Samples from these dead birds have been tested at the ICAR-National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases and they are positive for H5Nl Avian Influenza Virus.
In Kerala, around 24,000 birds, mostly ducks, were culled after the H5N8 strain of Avian Influenza was found in Kottayam and Alappuzha.
Forest Minister K Raju said that Control rooms and Quick Response Teams have also been set up.
On January 5th, the Kerala government declared bird flu a state disaster.
In Haryana, four lakh poultry birds have died in the Panchkula district.
Amidst all these measures by the states, National parks and wildlife sanctuaries have been asked to take precautions.