Hen flu alert in Rajasthan after crow deaths

Jaipur, January 3

A bird flu alert has been sounded in Rajasthan after the presence of the dreaded virus was confirmed in dead crows in Jhalawar and more avian deaths were reported in other districts, including Jaipur, officials said.

The Animal Husbandry Department has set up a state-level control room and sent its teams to districts for effective monitoring, they said.

On Sunday, seven crows were found dead at the iconic Jal Mahal here, taking the toll in the state to 252. Kunji Lal Meena, Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry, told reporters that the deaths due to bird flu had been mainly reported among crows. Most of the incidents were reported in Kota and Jodhpur divisions.

“The virus is dangerous. Necessary guidelines have been issued and all field officers and poultry farm owners have been asked to remain vigilant. Effective monitoring is ensured at all sites, especially in wetlands, Sambhar Lake and the Kaila Devi bird sanctuary,” Meena said. — PTI

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