NEW DELHI: Bird flu cases have been reported in several states across India severely impacting winged populations
as they test positive for H5N1 avian influenza.
Sparking huge concerns, bird-flu has entered Maharashtra in a big way affecting several hundred chickens and other birds.
As per the report of the ICAR-National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (ICAR-NIHSAD), Bhopal, samples of chicken, crows, parrots, Herons and Pond Egrets have tested positive for the virus in Maharashtra.
The spread includes hens and Herons in Parbhani; crows in Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Beed; Pond Egret and Parrots in Thane.
Contrary to rumours there is no ban on the sale of poultry products like eggs or chicken as of now and the state government is in a state of high alert.
Delhi on Monday confirmed bird flu cases after eight samples sent to a Bhopal-based laboratory tested positive for avian influenza.
All eight samples — four from a park in Mayur Vihar Phase 3, three from Sanjay Lake and one from Dwarka — have been found positive for avian influenza.
But only samples of duck from Sanjay Lake have tested positive for bird flu, said state authorities.
The Delhi government has banned the sale of processed and packaged chicken brought from outside the city as a precautionary measure.