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Media reports cite dead migratory birds with bird flu symptoms in Kerala, India.

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Migratory Birds Found Dead near Rly Station
By Dhinesh Kallungal Published: 26th November 2014 06:03 AM Last Updated: 26th November 2014 06:03 AM

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THRISSUR: In what could be the first instance in central Kerala, around half a dozen migratory birds were found dead near the Thrissur Railway station with suspected symptoms of Avian Flu. The fish eating little cormorants, ‘eranda’ in local parlance, were found dead just beneath the trees, the favourite roosting and nesting spot of migratory birds here.

The preliminary analysis throws suspicion on H1N1 (bird flu) outbreak, said Dr K S Thilakan, chief veterinary officer and district coordinator, Animal Disease Control project.

“However, the exact cause of the death can be ascertained only after detailed investigation. We have collected samples of the water birds which will be sent to the Southern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Palakkad, for further investigation, on Wednesday. If the results are positive, the samples will be sent to High Security Animal Disease Laboratory), Bhopal for detailed analysis.

Thilakan rejected the possibility of the birds being poisoned during the course of their migratory journey, officials said. If they were poisoned, it would have been revealed in the first analysis, he said.

Following the reports of bird flu in parts of southern Kerala, extra watch is being kept on the health of migratory birds arriving in the sprawling kole fields of Thrissur where the swampy wetlands offer a compatible winter habitat for feathered guests from central Asian countries and other parts of the country. The migratory species that visit the wetland habitats in the central Kerala include godwits, terns, ospreys, golden plovers, darters, pelicans, and several species of ducks, egrets, heron and waders such as sandpipers and plovers.

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Information received on 27/11/2014 from Mr Anup Kumar Thakur, Secretary, Government of India, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi, India
Summary
Report type Follow-up report No. 1
Date of start of the event 20/11/2014
Date of pre-confirmation of the event 24/11/2014
Report date 27/11/2014
Date submitted to OIE 27/11/2014
Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 21/02/2014
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N1
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (25/11/2014)
Follow-up report No. 1 (27/11/2014)
Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
Epidemiology
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments Epidemiological investigation is ongoing. An intensive surveillance campaign has been launched in a 10 km radius zone.
Control measures
Measures applied
Stamping out
Quarantine
Movement control inside the country
Screening
Dipping / Spraying
Vaccination prohibited
No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
Disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s)
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 26/11/2014 Positive
High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 26/11/2014 Positive
High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds virus isolation 26/11/2014 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.

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