Bird flu epicentres now 52 in state as against 5 in 2006 | Mumbai News

The variety of avian influenza epicentres in Maharashtra has risen to 52 in 22 districts, far increased than the 2006 outbreak. Animal husbandry commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh informed TOI on Saturday, “The 2006 outbreak concerned an H5N1 pressure of chook flu and had occurred at 5 epicentres (one in Nandurbar and 4 in Jalgaon). The present outbreak is at 52 epicentres in 22 districts, and includes H5N1 and H5N8 strains of the chook flu virus.”
Singh stated epicentres have been certain to be excessive because the an infection spreads by way of migratory birds. “The gravity and unfold of avian influenza this time is greater than 2006 however the financial impression on poultry commerce shouldn’t be like 2006. There isn’t a purpose to panic as an infection shouldn’t be recurring the place affected poultry birds have been culled,” he stated.
Singh stated in 2006, egg and broiler costs hit all-time low. “This time, egg costs are virtually on the similar stage as earlier than the outbreak, whereas broiler is 10-20% down. After tackling chook flu in 2006, the state has extra expertise in tackling the unfold. The marketing campaign began by state authorities on informing shoppers that correctly cooked rooster and egg consumption is secure, helped blunt the financial impression, which may have come about by falling gross sales,” he stated.
Maharashtra Poultry Farmers’ and Breeders’ Affiliation sources stated although consumption of eggs and rooster had dropped by 25-30% when the outbreak began, it was returning to regular and farm gate egg costs had elevated.

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