‘Bird flu situation is worse than that in 2006’

43,622 birds discovered useless; 6.12 lakh chickens culled; animal husbandry dept chief says folks ought to keep away from half-boiled omellete.

The present spell of hen flu in Maharashtra is way wide-spread than the one which hit the state in 2006.

The animal husbandry division of the state is busy tackling the outbreak. Based on the officers, the avian flu may very well be introduced underneath management as soon as the migratory birds go away by February-end.

Mumbai Mirror spoke to State Animal Husbandry Commissioner Sachindra Singh. Excerpts:

♦ What number of birds have died attributable to hen flu thus far?

A complete of 43,622 birds have been discovered useless that embrace 41,659 poultry birds, 1,099 crows and 864 different birds.

♦ What number of poultry birds have been culled and eggs destroyed thus far?

Now we have culled 6.12 lakh poultry birds, destroyed 1.92 lakh eggs thus far, and most of them had been from Nawapur and Nandurbar. In Nawapur alone, 5 lakh birds had been culled. Many of the birds culled weren’t contaminated, however they had been killed as a result of they had been in one-km radius of the contaminated zone.

♦ What are the strategies used?

We sedate them and they’re decapitated, head is twisted. Later, they’re put in gunny luggage and buried in pits.

♦ Maharashtra witnessed hen flu in 2006. Is that this spell worse?

This one is extra extreme and wide-spread. The outbreak of 2006 concerned H5N1 pressure of hen flu and had occurred at 5 epicentres,1 in Nandurbar and 4 epicentres in Jalgaon. The present outbreak has occurred at 52 epicentres in 22 districts and includes H5N1 and H5N8 strains of hen flu virus.

♦ Is it suitable for eating rooster and eggs?

Sure. The virus will get destroyed at 70 levels Celsius in three seconds. Due to this fact, there isn’t a threat in case you eat correctly cooked meat or eggs. Folks ought to keep away from half-boiled eggs or omelletes.

♦ Can avian flu get transmitted to people?

The primary outbreak of hen flu occurred in India on February 18, 2006 at Navapur in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra. There was no report of human transmission of hen flu in India, until date.

♦ How a lot of wildlife has been affected attributable to hen flu?

Samples of useless peacock, pigeon, pond herons, king fisher, owl, crow and buzzing hen have been obtained by the Western Area Illness Diagnostic Laboratory, Pune. The samples of peacock, pond herons, owl, and crow have been discovered affected by hen flu within the pattern examination. Directions have already been issued to the regional joint commissioners of the animal husbandry division for finishing up in depth sero-surveillance on the websites visited by migratory birds.

The wild life division of the Union ministry of surroundings, forest and local weather change has issued directions for taking essential steps to regulate hen deaths.

♦ Is the state authorities supporting your actions to regulate the epidemic?

They’re absolutely supporting me. They’ve additionally launched a compensation of Rs 3 crore for the poultry trade. Below the Management and Containment of Infectious Illnesses Act, district collectors have been empowered to take steps in order that well timed motion is initiated

♦ Is the poultry trade getting any compensation for birds culled?

Sure. To this point, Rs 3.7 crore has been launched by the federal government and Rs 45.40 lakh has been deposited within the accounts of poultry farmers.

♦ By when do you’re feeling Maharashtra will be capable to deal with hen flu?

The outbreak is primarily because of the motion of migratory birds, crows and actually, it has been slowing down. It ought to scale back with the withdrawal of migratory birds. However can’t say.

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