Kerala on high alert after bird flu cases detected

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Control rooms and Quick Response Teams have been set up in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.

 

Two districts in Kerala, Alappuzha and Kottayam, have been put on high alert after bird flu cases have been confirmed in ducks.

As per the media reports, fresh cases were detected after ducks started dying in large numbers in these districts.

Subsequently, tests were conducted at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal and confirmed the presence of the virus in dead birds.

Of the eight samples sent to a Bhopal-based laboratory, the influenza - commonly known as Bird Flu has been detected in five.

According to the report from the  state animal husbandry minister K Raju, at least 50,000 ducks will be culled to check the spread of the virus.

Authorities have been instructed to cull all birds within a one-kilometre radius of the areas in which it was reported.

Control rooms and Quick Response Teams have been set up in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.

This comes days after hundreds of crows were found dead in different parts of Rajasthan, including Jaipur. Similar instances were also reported from Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

Officials have confirmed Avian Influenza in the samples from Rajasthan as well as Madhya Pradesh.

Bird flu, also known as avian flu, is a variety of influenza caused by a virus in birds.

This type of flu is most often contracted by contact with sick birds. It can also be passed from person to person.

Symptoms begin within two to eight days and can seem like the common flu. Cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, headache and shortness of breath may occur.

According to the World Health Organization, there are many subtypes of avian influenza virus and only some of them will be dangerous to humans. 

 

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