Bird Flu Scare In Bangalore. Officials Order Culling Of Chicken. Avian influenza affects Bangalore.
Recently, it was declared that India is free from Bird Flu In 2017. And this news of Bird Flu Scare In Bangalore comes as a shock for everyone because according to the report dated 6th July 2017 by the Press Information Bureau India (PIB) has declared itself free from Avian Influenza.
The news came to notice after H5N1 Avian Influenza commonly known as Bird Flu was found in a poultry shop in Dasarahalli at a chicken shop. All chicken shops within 1km were ordered to shut down. Mass deaths of chickens were reported in December.
After more than 5 years, Bird Flu Scare In Bangalore. Bengaluru is once again affected by Avian Flu.
But its great to see that the authorities were very quick to take action and control the deadly spread virus. The government has started taking many steps towards the improvement of the society. Government’s new initiative get rewarded for clicking pictures of illegally parked cars is a great step.
Toushik owner of a chicken shop in Bhuvaneshwari Nagar in Dasarahalli (North Bengaluru) reported to the veterinary hospital about his chickens falling ill on December 25.
Around 900 chickens were culled after the avian influenza virus was detected in a dead bird here, civic officials said on Wednesday.
“A chicken was found dead on December 29 at a chicken shop in (suburban) Dasarahalli area and it was confirmed after lab tests that the bird was infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus,” Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Joint Commissioner S. Nagaraju told IANS.
Samples from the dead bird were sent to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal and had tested positive, he said.
“On orders from the Animal Husbandry Department, we have culled a total of 900 birds so far within the region where the infected bird was found,” he said.
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Facts You Must Know:
- Avian Flu virus not only infects birds and poultry but it can also infect humans. The virus has subsets namely A(H5N1), A(H7N9), A(H5N8)and A(H9N2), of which type A H5N1 virus is one of the most pathogenic ones.
- H5N1 infected birds spread the virus through their saliva, mucus, and feces. Although the chances to get infected is very less but it can cause fever, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses in some affected people.
- Bird Flu can be transferred from person-to-person. It can be affected by the direct or indirect contact with the infected poultry which is either dead or live.
- The Virus can also be transferred to humans though cooked infected Chicken
“Meat-selling outlets within 1 km radius from the site where the infected bird was found have all been sealed and we are also inspecting the area in a 10 km radius for any possible virus-infected birds,” Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry, and Fisheries Rajkumar Khatri said.
You can prevent infection with avian influenza A virus by avoiding the exposure with infected poultry (direct and close contact).