Rajasthan’s animal husbandry department has sounded a bird flu alert following the death of hundreds of crows and cases of avian influenza reported from Jhalawar and Jaipur districts.
The department has also announced the creation of a state-level control room to monitor the situation. It was from December 25, that bird deaths were first reported from Jhalawar, primarily among crows in Kota and Jodhpur.
On Sunday, seven crows were found dead at Jal Mahal in the capital taking the total deaths to 252 in Rajasthan. Till now, 100 dead crows have been reported from Jhalawar, 72 from Baran, 47 from Kota, 19 from Pali, and seven from Jaipur and Jodhpur each as stated by principal secretary, animal husbandry, Kunji Lal Meena.
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Over 75 samples have been sent to the National Institute of High-security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal for confirmation of avian influenza, media reports added.
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