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Migratory birds, crows suspected in Kerala bird flu cases

Migratory birds, crows, and forest birds in Kerala are thought to be carriers of the avian influenza virus, leading to its transmission to domestic duck and poultry farms in the state.

News Arena Network - Thiruvananthapuram - UPDATED: July 8, 2024, 08:45 PM - 2 mins read

Migratory birds, crows suspected in Kerala bird flu cases

Migratory birds, crows suspected in Kerala bird flu cases

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Migratory birds, crows, and forest birds in Kerala are thought to be carriers of the avian influenza virus, leading to its transmission to domestic duck and poultry farms in the state, as per a study conducted by a government-appointed group of experts.

 

The panel presented its findings to J Chinchurani, the state's Animal Husbandry Minister, on Monday.

 

The team was formed due to the increasing incidents of bird flu in the state, especially in Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, and Kottayam districts, causing significant losses to duck and poultry farmers.

 

The minister mentioned that the government will thoroughly review the recommendations in the report and take necessary action. The expert team consisted of specialists from the Animal Husbandry Department and scientists from the Veterinary University.

 

"The team found that the disease may have spread through the movement of birds from one place to another. These birds were likely infected by migratory birds and also spread the disease through their sale," a government release, quoting the study, said.

 

The disposal of bird carcasses, feed, and droppings resulting from bird flu was not conducted using scientific methods, which spread the disease to other birds.

 

According to the research, the unrestricted movement of birds from one farm to another has contributed to the disease's spread. In addition, the movement of supervisors from integrated farms in Cherthala and Thanneermukkom in Alappuzha district to other farms has also facilitated the spread of the disease.

 

The report implies that the disease might have been transmitted through infected crows and that there is a likelihood of the virus spreading from birds in the forests to domestic ducks and other chicken farms.

 

The study said that there is no evidence to support the notion that the disease was introduced from outside the state.

 

The committee has advised that the 2021 National Action Plan for preventing and controlling bird flu be rigorously enforced.

 

It said the sale and movement of birds (both within and outside) in all districts affected by bird flu should be banned until March 2025.




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