At a time when the COVID-19 infections in Ahmedabad are on a decline, a new threat has emerged for citizens in the form of bird flu. A large number of pigeons were found dead in Ahmedabad’s Narol area creating panic among citizens.
According to the available information, a large number of pigeons were found dead in Aakriti Township and Dharmakunj Apartments in Narol following which the local residents have informed the state government’s animal husbandry department.
A team from the department reached the site and collected samples. These samples have been sent to Bhopal for testing in a bid to confirm whether the deaths were due to bird flu or not. Not taking any chances, the authorities are sanitising the area.
According to the animal husbandry department, the reports of the samples sent to Bhopal will be available only after two days and only then further steps will be taken. Since there are several industrial units in the area, there is also a possibility of the pigeons dying due to the consumption of poisonous food.
This year, bird flu cases have been confirmed from various districts in Gujarat and several adjoining states including Rajasthan. Governments have asked poultry operators as well as meat consumers to stay alert.
What is bird flu?
Bird flu, also called avian influenza, is a viral infection that can infect not only birds, but also humans and other animals. Most forms of the virus are restricted to birds.
H5N1 is the most common form of bird flu. It is deadly to birds and can easily affect humans and other animals that come in contact with a carrier. According to the World Health Organisation, H5N1 was first discovered in humans in 1997 and has killed nearly 60 percent of those infected.
Currently, the virus isn’t known to spread via human-to-human contact. Still, some experts worry that H5N1 may pose a risk of becoming a pandemic threat to humans.
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