Bird Flu outbreak: How different states are tackling the virus?

Still reeling from COVID-19, Asia's poultry farmers are battling bird flu outbreaks

The municipal authorities have cautioned hotels and restaurants against serving poultry meat or egg-based dishes.

Mumbai's civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued a set of guidelines on Monday in light of samples of two crows from Mumbai testing positive for bird flu.

The state Animal Husbandry Department said that reports of earlier samples have confirmed H5N1 strain of bird flu in birds that died at Mumbai, Ghodbander (Thane), Dapoli, Murumba (Parbhani), however, samples from birds that died in Beed have confirmed H5N8 strain of bird flu.

Mayor further said that "We are going to instruct ward public health inspectors to visit restaurants selling roasted chicken and request them not to sell it until the problem of bird flu is over in Delhi". The poultry market in Ghazipur has also been shut down temporarily.

East Delhi Mayor Nirmal Jain said the municipal body authorities have also chose to take the same decision in view of the situation in their area.

Hours after officials confirmed that 100 samples taken from Asia's largest poultry market in Ghazipur tested negative, Delhi government on Thursday lifted ban on sale and import of poultry products in the region.

Authorities had on Saturday closed three recreational parks at Hauz Khas, Dwarka Sector 9 and Hastsal and Sanjay Lake as a precautionary measure. "Have directed to open the poultry market & withdraw the orders to restrict trade & import of chicken stocks", the chief minister tweeted.

Taking note that many states are banning poultry from other states, the MFAHD Ministry in a statement said this would add to the negative impact on the poultry industry, adding that the states were requested to reconsider such a decision. "Through the meeting, states were advised to efficiently manage the spread of Avian Influenza in their respective states in accordance with the Action Plan 2021", the release further said.

Bird flu has been confirmed in Kerala, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Maharashtra.

According to the Centre's advisory, samples of migratory, dead birds should be collected with utmost caution and under scientific supervision. The affected states have also been asked to send weekly reports to the ministry.

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