Bird flu cases reported in Kerala's Alappuzha

Alappuzha: Bird flu cases have been confirmed in the Kuttanad area of the Alappuzha district on Thursday.

The cases have been confirmed in ward number 10 of the Thakazhi gram panchayat.

The area where bird flu was confirmed in the 10th ward has been declared as a containment zone. The movement of vehicles and people in that area have been prohibited.

Alappuzha district collector A Alexander chaired an emergency meeting and decided to intensify the actions to prevent the bird flu from spreading to other areas.

The District Administration banned the use and sale of eggs, meat and manure of ducks, chickens, quails and domestic birds in the affected areas. This restriction will be applicable in Champakulam, Nedumudi, Muttar, Viyapuram, Karuvatta, Thrikkunnapuzha, Thakazhi, Purakkad, Ambalapuzha South, Ambalapuzha North, Edathva panchayats and Harippad Municipality area.

In the meeting, it has also been decided to complete the process of culling the birds and bury them safely within a radius of one kilometre in the 10th ward of Thakazhi panchayath.

The local police were instructed to support these activities and to conduct surveillance in the area. The Department of Animal Welfare will ensure the service of Rapid Response Teams and bury the birds.

Rapid Response Teams will be deployed in areas where the bird flu has been confirmed and preventive medicines will be distributed to the people.

The Assistant Forest Conservator has been assigned to monitor and examine whether the migrant birds were infected with the disease. The collector directed the animal husbandry department to submit daily reports on bird flu prevention activities. (ANI)

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