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Town in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar city under curfew after crows died of bird flu

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Authorities in the city of Jhalawar in Rajasthan imposed a curfew within a radius of one kilometer after 50 crows were confirmed to have recently died of bird flu.

Meanwhile, the death of crows in Jodhpur has also been reported.

Jhalawar district harvester Ngikya Gohain has also instructed the Jhalawar municipal council commissioner to disinfect the affected area and close bird and egg shops there after a curfew was imposed on Wednesday night. .

After the death of more than 50 crows at the Radi ke balaji temple in the city of Jhalawar on December 25, a joint team from the department of wildlife and the department of animal husbandry surveyed the area and sent samples to the National Laboratory of High Security Animal Diseases (NHSADL) in Anand. Nagar, Bhopal for testing.

“Avian influenza (bird flu) has been found to be the cause of death for crows,” said the district collector, Jhalawar, Ngikya Gohain.

“We have imposed a zero mobility zone in an area of ​​one kilometer around the Radi ke balaji temple from Wednesday evening until further orders in view of public health. We have also invoked Section 144 of the CrPC to keep the peace, ”he said.

Gohain has formed a rapid action team to contain bird flu. The team is comprised of the Deputy Curator, Subdivisional Magistrate, Deputy SP, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Health and Medical Director, and Jhalawar City Council Commissioner.

The Action Team would ensure compliance with the 2015 Influenza Action Plan. A survey and sampling of nearby poultry and the area will be conducted by the deputy director of the department of animal husbandry.

“Avian flu can also spread to humans and animals, so efforts are being made to control the spread of this disease,” said Dr. Sajid Khan, Jhalawar Health and Medical Director.

More than half a dozen migratory black kite birds also died in Kota last month due to uncertain reasons.

Deputy Curator of Forests Alok Gupta said the report on the death of the black kite from IVRI Bareilly is awaited. “Avian influenza is less likely to be the cause of black kites since no more deaths were reported,” he said.

Meanwhile, massive crow deaths have also been reported in the city of Jodhpur in recent days. The bodies were seen in the Choupasani housing council society area and other areas.

Lake Sambhar, near Jaipur, witnessed the death of some 18,000 birds between November and December last year due to avian botulism, a deadly disease that affects the nerves.

Avian botulism, a neuromuscular disease caused by a toxin produced by bacteria, has been recognized as one of the leading causes of mortality in wild birds since the 1900s.

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