Birdflu near Hampi in Karnataka, 1593 chicken culled

An outbreak of bird flu virus in Karnataka was reported by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on Friday, citing a Nov. 11 report from the Indian agriculture ministry.

The ministry had said that the highly contagious H5N8 virus was confirmed among birds in the village of Itagi, and all 1,593 of the birds at risk from the disease either died or were culled, according to the report posted by the Paris-based OIE.

Otherwise, on November 11, the Ministry of Agriculture reported outbreaks of H5N8 Avian Influenza from few parts of the country, including confirmation of the strain in Karnataka.

The mortality was reported of chicken in Itagi village, Hospet near Hampi in Bellary district in Karnataka. “On 10-11-2016 late evening, the NIHSAD has confirmed that the samples are positive for H5N8 Avian Influenza virus,” said the statement.

The state Government of Karnataka has been given the directions to initiate the control and containment operations. An officer from the Southern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Bengaluru has been deputed to Bellary for overseeing the operation and assisting the State Government.

The control and containment operations are being carried out at various epicenters in Kerala too. No further report of mortality from any part of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana where post operation surveillance is going on. The samples sent from Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Gwalior (MP), Madipur (Delhi) and Rohtak (Haryana) have been tested negative for Avian Influenza, it said.

The H5N8 bird flu strain has been found in several countries in Europe and the Middle East in recent weeks. Avian influenza A viruses are very contagious among birds.

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