Status of Avian Influenza H5N8 in India

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Outbreaks of H5N8 Avian Influenza have been reported from few parts of the country.

There is 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.

The mortality was reported of poultry bird (chicken) in Itagi village, Hospet Taluk of Bellary district in Karnataka. On 10-11-2016 late evening, the NIHSAD has confirmed that the samples are positive for H5N8 Avian Influenza virus.

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. The situation is under control.