Monitor national parks, wetlands where birds flock: Gehlot to officials
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday instructed officials to maintain special vigil in view of the death of crows and other birds due to avian influenza. Chairing a review meeting of the Animal Husbandry Department, he said, "Special focus should be given on monitoring in Keoladeo National Park and other sanctuaries, Sambhar lake and in all such places where birds flock."
Avian influenza subtype H5N8 has been detected in Rajasthan
After bird flu was confirmed in samples of carcasses sent from Jhalawar, avian influenza subtype H5N8, which experts said is less infectious than H5N1 virus, has been detected in Rajasthan's Kota and Baran districts.
Rajasthan on Tuesday reported deaths of 200 more birds
Rajasthan on Tuesday reported the deaths of 200 more birds, officials said. They further informed that the number reached 625 on Tuesday morning, amid an outbreak of bird flu. The fatalities were reported in 16 of the 33 districts of Rajasthan. "Death of birds, including crows, have been reported in 16 districts of Rajasthan which is a matter of concern," Gehlot said.
Veterinarians, avian experts should analyze the incidents and make arrangements
"Effective preventive measures should be ensured. Veterinarians and avian experts should analyze these incidents closely and ensure arrangements to prevent the situation from aggravating," a release quoting Gehlot said.
Gehlot appealed to the public to inform about bird deaths
Gehlot also appealed to the public to inform control rooms set up by the animal husbandry department if they see any dead birds near their houses. Secretary of Animal Husbandry Department Arushi Malik said 625 birds have been reported dead in the state so far and out of which 122 samples have been sent to the laboratory in Bhopal.