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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:49 am 
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Media reports cite widespread avian influenza in waterfowl in southern India. Although the sero-type has not been cited, waterfowl deaths suggest it is clade 2.2 H5N1 or H5N8. Recent reports of H5N8 in Europe and Japan suggest this will be H5N8.

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The Kerala Animal Husbandry department today confirmed that the death of thousands of ducks in Kuttanad area in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts was due to bird lu. The department said that it was due to the widespread attack of Avian Influenza virus, which was confirmed by the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal. More than ten thousand ducks have already died due to the virus attack during last couple of weeks causing huge loss to the farmers. The farmers are nursing the ducks targeting the high demand during the Christmas-New Year season.

Meanwhile, Chief minister Oommen Chandy has convened a high-level meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue and to take precautionary measures. Kerala Health minister V S Sivakumar said that vaccines will be distributed free of cost in the affected areas. The Animal Husbandry department informed that there is no cause for panic, but that the farmers should be careful when handling the ducks as the disease can spread to human beings also. The department also plans to kill all the birds, including chicken in the largely affected four villages in order to stop the spreading of the epidemic.

The disease is widespread in areas like Thalavadi, Vattakayal, Kainakary, Ponga and Purakkad in Alappuzha district and Aymanam in Kottayam district. It is estimated that around two lakh ducks are being grown in these areas. Department sources said that the disease has spread from the migrant birds, which are common in this season at the Kuttanad paddy fields.

The situation is grave as far as the growers concerned. A duck costs roughly RS 250 in the retail market. This may go up to Rs 275-300 during the festival season.

The birds show severe respiratory distress, ruffled feathers and watery eyes, causing death in 24 to 72 hours.

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Binu Aravind @binuaravind · 19m 19 minutes ago
Bird Flu confirmed. CM calls emergency meet tomorrow
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Bird flu scare in Kerala. Over 17,000 ducks died in Alappuzha, Kottayam districts. Thousands of ducks to be slaughtered tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:38 am 
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Avian influenza: Red alert sounded in three Kerala districts
Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram November 24, 2014 Last Updated at 19:50 IST

With lab tests confirming avian influenza to be the cause of mass death of ducks in parts of Kerala, a red alert has been sounded in Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts to restrict movement of poultry and allied products.

The tests of samples of dead birds conducted in Bhopal Hightech Laboratory had confirmed that avian influenza was the cause of the death of over 15,000 ducks in parts of Kuttanad area in Alappuzha District, a top official of state Animal Husbandry Department said.

A team of veterinarians had already been deputed to the affected areas to take necessary measures to contain the spread of the disease, Director-in-Charge of the department, Dr V Brhamanandan said.

Surveillance had been stepped up around 10 km of the areas from where the mass death of ducks had been reported recently.

Also, the transportation of egg and duck meat from these places had been stopped, he said.

Over 15,000 ducks had died at Thalavadi and Purakkad in the Kuttanad area in recent days.

The government has called a high-level meeting here tomorrow to discuss the situation and take steps to arrest the spread of the infection.

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Kerala: Bird flu outbreak confirmed
Ramesh Babu, Hindustan Times Thiruvananthapuram, November 24, 2014
First Published: 23:44 IST(24/11/2014) | Last Updated: 23:45 IST(24/11/2014)

Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy has called a high-level meet on Tuesday after a Bhopal-based laboratory confirmed that the recent mass deaths of ducks in Alapuzha were due to avian influenza or bird flu.

“No need for panic. I have called an emergency meet on Tuesday to coordinate various departments. We have also asked Union health ministry to rush enough medicines,” Chandy told HT.

Last week, 17,000 ducks perished in water-logged Kuttanad and surrounding areas. The state animal husbandry department has ordered culling of poultry in one-km radius of the affected area to contain the outbreak and started distributing veterinary kits.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, home to a large of number of winged guests, is situated near the affected area. It is not immediately known how the virus spread to rearing birds.

However, experts fear that migrating waterfowls may have contributed to it. An awareness programme was also launched and farmers and employees dealing with duck meat were asked to take precautions.

Indian Medical Association has rushed a team to Alapuzha as well. In Kuttanad, known as Kerala’s rice-bowl, duck farming season begins in September and peaks during Christmas.

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