Maharashtra: Bird Flu In Parbhani; Reports Awaited For Beed, Latur 

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Mrunal Jadhav

Pune/Parbhani, January 11, 2021: More than 800 chickens in Murumba village of Parbhani district have died due to bird flu and reports from Beed and Latur are still awaited. Meanwhile, the state government has deployed Rapid Response Teams in every district after the incident. Surveillance orders have also been issued at Gram Panchayat, Forest Department and Irrigation Department levels.

After the incident in Parbhani, the district administration has started taking immediate steps. Pets within 1 km of Murumba village area will be killed. In addition, there are restrictions on the movement, purchase and sale of all kinds of birds within a radius of 10 km. 

Parbhani District Collector Deepak Mughlikar has informed that every citizen of the village will undergo health check-up. Meanwhile, the administration has appealed to the Animal Husbandry Department to immediately report any such incident in the district.

The Department of Animal Husbandry is taking measures to control Bird flu locally. In the rest of Maharashtra, there are no restrictions on buying, selling and eating chicken and eggs. Also, there is no such requirement, said the Animal Husbandry Department.

 Two days ago, 800 chickens in Murumba village died of an unknown disease. The district administration, the animal husbandry department immediately rushed to the village and sent the samples to the laboratory in Pune for testing. From there the samples were sent to a lab in Bhopal whose report was received by the district administration late Sunday night. It said the deaths were due to bird flu.

Meanwhile, measures are being taken in the village to control the spread. The order has been issued to kill chickens in an area of one kilometre and purchase, sale, transportation, markets and fairs, exhibitions as well as the movement of animals will be banned in an area of ten kilometres from the village, said District Collector Mugalikar.