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Gujarat issues alert for bird flu after 50 birds found dead in Junagadh


Even as Gujarat battles the COVID pandemic, an alert has been issued for the deadly bird flu in the state. The disease that has already been reported from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal, and Jharkhand is also now suspected to have entered Gujarat.

Over 50 birds were found dead in a Bantva village in Junagadh district sending the administration into alert. The carcasses of the birds have been sent for post-mortem to test for bird flu.

The forest department has said they have issued an alert for bird flu in the state.

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Forest officials said several ducks, cranes, and other water birds were found dead although as of now the cause of the death is not known. The officials said the exact cause of death will be known only after the post mortem reports.

Other cases of bird flu

Earlier the disease was reported from Rajasthan and the state Animal Husbandry Minister Lalchand Kataria on Sunday even called an emergency meeting of concerned officials to discuss the same.

Eight crows were first reported dead due to bird flu and were found on the banks of the Man Sagar Lake near Jal Mahal in Jaipur on Sunday.

Suspected bird flu cases were also reported from Jhalawar, Kota, Baran, Pali and Jaipur. In Jhalawar, which is the home district of the former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, around 100 deaths of crows were reported. 72 birds died in Baran, 47 in Kota, 19 in Pali and eight in Jaipur.

The Jharkhand government has issued an advisory to all the districts to report unnatural deaths of birds to the animal husbandry department.

Confirmed cases have also been reported from Madhya Pradesh.


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