Rhiza Labs FluTracker Forum

The place to discuss the flu
It is currently Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:30 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 21 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:15 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 56044
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Bird flu: Red alert issued in 3 districts in Kerala
November 26, 2014 02:00 IST
Image
Around 2 lakh ducks will be killed in the Kuttanad area. George Joseph reports

Following the detection of bird flu virus in broiler chicken at a farm in Kumarakom, near Kottayam, a red alert has been sounded in Kerala’s Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts to restrict the movement of poultry and allied products.

Earlier, tests had confirmed the virus in ducks in the three districts.

The animal husbandry department has started preventive operations; it began culling birds on Tuesday morning. The state government has banned entry into bird sanctuaries.

At a meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, the government decided to offer compensation of Rs 75 for each infant duck culled and Rs 150 for grown ones. The department estimates about 200,000 ducks will be culled across 14 locations in Kuttanad.

From Monday, the animal husbandry department started 24-hour control rooms at various areas in the region to coordinate efforts to control the spread of the virus.

A central government team is likely to visit Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta to probe the death of hundreds of birds in that area.

Tests of samples of dead birds, conducted at an animal disease laboratory in Bhopal, had confirmed avian influenza virus (H-5 category) led to the death of about 15,000 ducks in Kuttanad in Alappuzha and Kottayam, said a senior official of the state animal husbandry department.

A team of veterinarians had already been deputed to affected areas to take the steps required to contain the spread of the disease, said V Brhamanandan, the department’s director.

Surveillance has been stepped up within a 10-km radius of the areas in which ducks were reported to have died in large numbers; birds within a km of the affected areas will be culled. The area within a five-km radius has been declared a buffer zone, where the movement of poultry and allied products won’t be allowed.

Brhamanandan said the sale of eggs and duck meat from affected areas had been banned temporarily.

Those rearing ducks have protested against the move to cull the birds, demanding higher compensation.

Earlier, the central government had decided on a compensation package of Rs 37 for each duck culled. But poultry farmers had demanded higher compensation, saying the package offered was low compared to the market price. According to K A Cheiryan, who rears ducks, the market price for a duck is Rs 250-275 and this is expected to rise to Rs 350 during the Christmas-New Year season. He told Business Standard poultry farmers should get at least Rs 200 for each bird culled.

Meanwhile, the sale of bird meat, especially chicken, has seen a rapid decline. A retail chicken stockist here said sales dropped 30-40 per cent on Tuesday, though the price was steady at Rs 82/kg. Broiler ducks were sold at Rs 300 each.

This is the first time bird flu has been detected in Kerala, according to officials of the animal husbandry department. In Kuttanad, poultry farming, especially the rearing of ducks, is a major source of income for farmers.

http://www.rediff.com/news/report/bird- ... 141126.htm?

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:25 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 56044
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Map update

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit? ... 2tn8&hl=en

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:56 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 56044
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Poultry Farmers in District Put on Alert
By Express News Service Published: 26th November 2014 06:06 AM Last Updated: 26th November 2014 06:06 AM

Email1
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Poultry farmers and various government agencies in the district have been put on alert in view of the avian flu outbreak in central Kerala.

Over the next two days, the Animal Husbandry Department and the District Medical Office will also be conducting awareness classes for doctors and officers of the Animal Husbandry Department as part of preventive measures.

‘’As of now, no avian flu deaths have been reported in the district. But we have sounded an alert nevertheless. We urge everyone to alert the District Medical Office if mass deaths among chicken and ducks are noticed,’’ DMO Dr K M Sirabudeen said.

The district office of the Animal Husbandry Department also has initiated preventive measures. Chicken/duck farmers and Animal Husbandry officers have been instructed to immediately report anything unusual in birds to the animal disease control units. ‘’Our officers have been asked to be vigilant. They are also closely monitoring poultry imports through checkposts on the district’s border with Tamil Nadu,’’ a senior officer with the District Animal Husbandry Office said.

The district has a large number of privately-owned chicken and duck farms and majority of the facilities of the government-run Kerala State Poultry Development Corporation (KEPCO) are also located here. KEPCO has stopped distribution of poultry to Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta, KEPCO managing director K N Noushad Ali said. ‘’Most of our farms are located in Thiruvananthapuram, and the decision taken in the meeting convened by the Chief Minister was to quarantine the affected areas in central Kerala. Nevertheless, we have stepped up surveillance here too in view of the outbreak,’’ Noushad Ali said.

Kerala depends heavily on farms in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for both the birds and eggs. But since avian flu has not been reported in neighbouring states, poultry imports have not been stopped so far. While epidemics such as avian flu does not fall directly within its purview, the Food Safety Commissionerate will be issuing an alert to hotels and restaurants, Food Safety Commissioner T V Anupama said.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/ ... 540926.ece?

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:58 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 56044
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Kerala orders mass cull of ducks after bird flu
November 26, 2014 - 4:49:07 am


new delhi: India has found two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in the southern state of Kerala, prompting the authorities to cull more than 200,000 birds, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said yesterday.

The virus itself killed about 15,000 infected ducks in Kottayam and another 500 in nearby Alappuzha, the first cases of the disease in the country since February this year, the Paris-based OIE reported on its website, citing data submitted by the Indian ministry of agriculture.

The report said the animals died of an H5 strain of the flu virus but did not specify the exact variant. Germany, the Netherlands and Britain have been hit this month by the H5N8 bird flu strain which has devastated flocks in Asia, mainly South Korea, earlier this year but has never been detected in humans. Another strain, the feared H5N1, can be fatal to humans. It caused the deaths of nearly 400 people and hundreds of millions of poultry after it spread from Asia into Europe and Africa in 2005-2006. “This is not a rare event,” OIE Director General Bernard Vallat said. “The problem in this case is that they have not been able to determine which variant yet, whether it is the same as the one in Korea and elsewhere.”

Over 200,000 birds were being culled in the villages where the outbreaks were found and an intensive surveillance campaign had been launched in a 10km radius around the area to ensure that the virus did not spread further, the Indian ministry said it its report.Reuters

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/india ... r-bird-flu?

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:18 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 56044
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Avian flu in Kerala likely to impact Tamil Nadu

R. SAIRAM

Image.
A duck farmer at Kuttanadu in Alappuzha district, who has about 60,000 birds.
Surveillance will be in place in Coimbatore from Wednesday as the district is a major transit point for bulk of the trade

The outbreak of Avian flu in three districts of Kerala and the State government’s decision to cull lakhs of poultry birds is likely to have an adverse impact on Tamil Nadu.

After the Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases confirmed that avian influenza, known as bird flu or avian flu, had caused the death of 17,000 ducks in Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts, the Tamil Nadu government is likely to ban ducks and duck eggs from Kerala. Highly placed sources in the Tamil Nadu Health Department told The Hindu on Tuesday that heightened surveillance would be in place in Coimbatore from Wednesday as the district is a major transit point for the bulk of the trade.

Primary Health Centres and government hospitals along the border would be put on alert. These are precautionary measures as it is rare for the virus to spread from birds to humans, a health official here said.

The outbreak is expected to impact the poultry sector in Tamil Nadu. Kerala is almost self-sufficient in broiler production, and broiler sales from Tamil Nadu to that State has reduced. Tamil Nadu produces 75 lakh broiler birds a week and just 10 per cent of them are sold in Kerala.

With the confirmation of the outbreak of avian flu, consumption of broiler will come down in Kerala, and it will be felt by the poultry farmers here.

(Additional reporting

by M. Soundariya Preetha and S.P. Saravanan)

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/t ... yndication

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:24 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 56044
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
India orders culling after bird flu outbreaks in Kerala
PARIS Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:40pm EST

(Reuters) - India has found two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in the southern state of Kerala, prompting the authorities to cull more than 200,000 birds, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday.

The virus itself killed about 15,000 infected ducks in Kottayam and another 500 in nearby Alappuzha, the first cases of the disease in the country since February this year, the Paris-based OIE reported on its website, citing data submitted by the Indian ministry of agriculture.

The report said the animals died of an H5 strain of the flu virus but did not specify the exact variant.

Germany, the Netherlands and Britain have been hit this month by the H5N8 bird flu strain which has devastated flocks in Asia, mainly South Korea, earlier this year but has never been detected in humans.

Another strain, the feared H5N1, can be fatal to humans. It caused the deaths of nearly 400 people and hundreds of millions of poultry after it spread from Asia into Europe and Africa in 2005-2006.

"This is not a rare event," OIE Director General Bernard Vallat told Reuters. "India regularly reports cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild and domestic birds."

"The problem in this case is that they have not been able to determine which variant yet, whether it is the same as the one in Korea and elsewhere."

Over 200,000 birds were being culled in the villages where the outbreaks were found and an intensive surveillance campaign had been launched in a 10 km radius around the area to ensure that the virus did not spread further, the Indian ministry said it its report.

Since 2006 India has culled 6.4 million birds due to bird flu, Vallat said, adding that the latest outbreaks were not a particular cause for concern.

(Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide; Editing by Keith Weir)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/ ... OA20141125

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:29 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 56044
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Published Date: 2014-11-25 16:01:45
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (95): India (KL) poultry HPAI H5, RFI
Archive Number: 20141125.2989067
AVIAN INFLUENZA (95): INDIA (KERALA), POULTRY, HPAI H5, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
*******************************************************************************
A ProMED-mail post
http://www.promedmail.org
ProMED-mail is a program of the
International Society for Infectious Diseases
http://www.isid.org

Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014
Source: The Hindu [edited]
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/k ... 630463.ece


The government has issued a statewide alert following the confirmation of an outbreak of avian flu (bird flu) in 2 districts.

Minister for Animal Husbandry KP Mohanan said on [Mon 24 Nov 2014] that the H5 avian influenza virus had been confirmed in samples sent to the High Security Animal Disease (HSAD) Laboratory, Bhopal. The strain spreads between birds and can potentially affect humans.

A communication issued by HR Khanna, Assistant Commissioner, Union Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF), directed the State to carry out control and containment operations in the wake of the outbreak. The State has been asked to constitute teams for the purpose. A red alert has been issued in Kottayam and Alappuzha districts where the disease outbreak was noticed in ducks. 4 panchayats [local self-government Indian institution at the village or small town level], Aimanam, Purakkad, Kumarakom, and Thalavadi have been affected.

The Minister said affected birds would be culled from [Tue 25 Nov 2014] to prevent the spread of the disease. Farmers would be compensated after assessing the extent of loss. He said directions had been issued to restrict the transportation of ducks and eggs from Alappuzha to other districts. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has convened a high-level meeting on [Tue 25 Nov 2014] to discuss the steps to be taken to control the outbreak of bird flu.

In another related incident, 22 ducks brought from Alappuzha by a farmer at Mylakkara, near Kallikad, in Thiruvananthapuram, were reported to have died on [Sat 23 Nov 2014].

[Byline: T Nandakumar]

--
Communicated by:
ProMED-mail
<promed@promedmail.org>

[On Tue 25 Nov 2014, India submitted an immediate notification to the OIE, reporting 2 outbreaks of HPAI H5 in duck farms in Kerala. Final serotyping of the H5 virus strain is anticipated soon. It will be of particular interest to find out if this outbreak is caused by the same HPAI strain which has recently caused disease in chickens, turkeys, and domestic ducks in Asia (China, South Korea, Japan) and Europe (Germany, Netherlands, UK), namely HPAI H5N8 virus of clade 2.3.4.6. - Mod.AS

Maps of India can be seen at http://www.mapsofindia.com/images2/india-map.jpg and http://healthmap.org/promed/p/308. A map showing the districts of Kerala can be accessed at http://www.mapsofindia.com/maps/kerala/kerala-map.jpg. - Sr.Tech.Ed.MJ]
See Also
Undiagnosed die-off, avian - India: (MH) heron 20140403.2378210
Avian influenza (27): India (OR) H5N1, crow, OIE 20140221.2293254
2013
----
Avian influenza (81): India (CT) H5N1, poultry, OIE 20130806.1866838
Avian influenza (20): India (BR) H5N1, poultry, OIE 20130311.1581271
Avian influenza (16): India (OR) wild birds, susp 20130227.1562290
2012
----
Avian influenza (62): India (GJ) wild birds, susp. 20121204.1437680
Avian influenza (58): India (KA), H5N1, poultry, OIE 20121026.1367316
Avian influenza (16): India (BH) crow, H5N1 20120219.1046187
2011
----
Avian influenza (76): India (JH) crow, H5N1 20111205.3536
Avian influenza (60): India (WB) H5N1 conf, RFI 20110923.2882
Avian influenza (57): India (Assam) new outbreak, OIE 20110909.2747
Avian influenza (17): India (TR), H5, OIE 20110219.0548
2010
----
Avian influenza (03): India (WB) OIE 20100115.0184
Undiagnosed deaths, avian - India: (AS) bar-headed geese, RFI 20100109.0102
2009
----
Avian influenza (29): India (WB) 20090330.1221
Avian influenza (02): India (WB) 20090104.0034
2008
----
Avian influenza (118): China (HK), India (AS), OIE 20081215.3938
Avian influenza, poultry vs migratory birds (11): India (Assam) 20081130.3765
Avian influenza (114): India (AS) HPAI OIE 20081129.3757
Avian influenza (68): Japan, S.Korea, Viet Nam, India 20080511.1605
.................................................arn/mj/arn/jw

http://www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id ... 25.2989067

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:10 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 56044
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Kerala begins culling poultry as bird flu spreads in state

Government announces compensation to farmers

By Akhel Mathew, Correspondent
November 26, 2014



Thiruvananathapuram: Concerns over the avian influenza virus, better known as bird flu, increased in Kerala on Wednesday with reports that the disease had spread to poultry in Pathanamthitta district, too. The disease had so far been reported from Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.


The disease was confirmed by the Bhopal-based National Institute for High Security Animal Diseases. Close to 25,000 ducks are believed to have perished in Alappuzha district alone, even as the disease spread to chickens, too.


As the disease spread to more areas, authorities began a massive culling operation, which is estimated to put to death some 250,000 ducks, besides chickens. Culling operations began in Alappuzha district, with the animal husbandry department and panchayat officials collaborating in the exercise.


The state government on Wednesday announced a compensation to poultry farmers of Rs100 (Dh5.93) for each duckling that is below two months old and Rs200 for each duck that is over two months old that are killed. In all, Rs20 million (Dh1.19 million) has been allocated for the culling exercise.


The poultry will be killed and also burnt, in order to ensure that the virus does not spread to other areas. District collectors have been directed to ensure that the poultry are burnt after killing. Preventive medicines required for culling staff are being sourced from Rajasthan.


The state government has given a report to the federal government regarding the avian flu incidence, and a federal team has arrived in Kerala to take stock of the situation. Neighbouring Karnataka state has also given an alert regarding the spread of bird flu in Kerala. Within Kerala, a close watch is being kept at border points in Kollam and Ernakulam districts to ensure that diseased ducks are not smuggled into those districts for sale.


The news of bird flu has led to a crash in poultry prices in most parts of the state. While poultry sale has come to a complete standstill in Alappuzha district, prices per kg of chicken has fallen from Rs90 to less than Rs70 over the past few days.


Kerala’s poultry sector crisis is also affecting Tamil Nadu, because many chicken farms in Kerala are backed by suppliers in Tamil Nadu. A large number of Kerala poultry farms source chicks and feed from Tamil Nadu and sell full-grown poultry back to the suppliers. This business will be severely hit in the coming days as poultry from Kerala will not be accepted by other markets.


http://m.gulfnews.com/news/world/india/ ... -1.1418141

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:48 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 56044
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Avian flu: Slow start for culling, govt says nothing to panic

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Posted: November 26, 2014 10:18 pm
Culling of poultry in one-km radius of avian influenza-affected region in Central Kerala had a slow start on Wednesday even as the government said chances of the virus affecting humans were remote.
Four panchayats in paddy-growing Kuttanad region, which is the main stay of backwater tourism, have been hit by the H5 strain of avian influenza. Although government had announced that two lakh ducks and chickens would have to be culled to contain the outbreak, only 500-odd ducks could be culled on Wednesday against the target of 2 lakh. So far, 20000 ducks had perished due to avian influenza.
Alappuzha district collector N Padmakumar said the personal protective equipment for the health and animal husbandry workers reached only in the afternoon, leading to the delay in culling. Besides, the first priority was to destroy the dead ducks. As many as 2,000 health workers were ready for the culling operation, which would gain momentum on Thursday, he said.
The collector said many duck farmers have herded their birds out of the district to escape from the culling operation. “They were rearing the birds expecting good returns in the coming Christmas and New Year season. As the news about culling came, many of them took the birds outside the district,’’ said the collector.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the situation was under control and the lab reports suggested that the virus would not affect humans. However, as a precautionary measure an alert in 10 km radius from the affected areas have been sounded. There is enough stock of medicines and 1000 kits of personal protective equipment would be brought for squad members working in the region. All steps in this regard have been taken as per the international protocol, he said.
The government also increased the compensation for duck farmers. Accordingly, a duckling would be given Rs 100 and adult ones Rs 200 as compensation. The other day, farmers were resisting against culling of the birds mainly for want of enough compensation. Many of them were not convinced about the gravity of the situation.
- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/ ... UYhda.dpuf

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:45 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 56044
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Virus killing birds in Kerala identified as H5N1, can spread to humans
IndiaToday.in Thiruvananthapuram, November 27, 2014 | UPDATED 18:27 IST

Image

Bird flu virus identified as H5N1. Photo: PTIBird flu virus identified as H5N1. Photo: PTIThe avian influenza, the reason behind deaths of thousands of ducks in three districts of Kerala, has been identified as H5N1. This could also spread to human beings though the infection caused by it can be cured, say officials.

The authorities have stepped up the vigil after the identification of the virus afflicting the birds. The culling of ducks continues in the affected areas of Alappuzha and two adjoining districts, mainly in Kuttanad, according to protocol laid down by the World Health Organisation.

The district administration and medical authorities held a review meeting in Alappuzha and worked out measures to step up surveillance and awareness drive around the affected areas.

Teams of Rapid Response Force, comprising personnel of the Animal Husbandry and Health departments, culled hundreds of ducks and burnt them. More squads had been pressed into service today for the task.

The culling was also taken up in the affected areas of Kottayam and Pathnamthitta districts.

The state government had yesterday announced compensation of Rs.100 and Rs.200 per bird of less than two months and above two months of growth respectively in view of the huge loss suffered by the farmers.

A three-member central team of experts, one of them from the National Centre for Disease Control, visited the affected areas yesterday to submit a report to the Centre.

The outbreak of the infection, which claimed over thousands of ducks in water-logged Kuttanad in Alappuzha and the adjoining areas since last week, has cuased a huge loss to poultry rearers, most of them medium and marginal farmers.

Located clsoe to backwaters with vast stretches of paddy fields, duck rearing has been a supplementary activity for farmers in the area for generations.

The outbreak of the disease has also cast a shadow over tourism as the area is the hub of houseboats, which is a fast emerging segment of tourism.



Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/viru ... 04027.html

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 21 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 21 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group