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    Centre Constitutes Committee for monitoring Bird Flu

    The Centre has constituted a Committee headed by Joint Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries (DADF) to maintain constant vigil on the situation arising out of avian influenza (H5N8). The Committee will have representatives from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Department of Agriculture Research and Extension (DARE) and representative of the Delhi Government. Besides, monitoring the situation, the Committee will assist the State Government in taking steps to contain the spread of Avian Influenza.

    The Centre has also established a control room in DADF. The Control Room can be reached at these telephone numbers : 011-23384190 and 09448324121. Joint Commissioner, Dr. Munialappa has been named as the Nodal Officer and will be available for advice and help round the clock.

    The National High Security lab for animal diseases - NIHSAD - the world body OIE recognised facility for disease diagnosis in South Asia and the Four Regional Laboratories, and the Central lab at IVRI have been instructed to give all assistance to the State Governments and get sample tested in an emergency response manner. In fact all 45 samples obtained from Delhi government at the Bhopal lab have been tested within the stipulated 72 hour time frame as per Bio-security level -4 requirements and 13 cases have tested positive for H5N8. Similarly test results have been given for other cases in Kerala, Punjab and MP. As per available reports from other states, the disease incidence is in control.

    The Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries Department of the States have issued guidelines for maintaining cleanliness in the zoological parks housing wild birds, water bodies as well as meat / poultry market areas where meat is sold. Necessary precautions for human beings coming in the contact with poultry have also been reinforced although as per WHO observations, the transmission of H5N8 virus is very low. Also there will be no trade impact of the incidence as per global OIE criteria.

    All bird sanctuaries and areas where there are lakes have been advised to keep a close watch on the situation and in case of any suspicious death of birds, the State Government and the Centre may be notified. No further test results are presently required by Delhi government to continue with its bio-security measures for implementing the National Action Plan for Control and Containment of the Avian Influenza, 2015 guidelines. Full support of the government of India health department, urban development department, environment department apart from animal husbandry department under the ministry of agriculture & farmers welfare is being provided and there is full communication with the Delhi government on the on-going steps to contain and control the disease incidence.

    Daily meetings are being held at the Animal Husbandry Commissioner level in DADF to advise the State Governments in case of emergency.

    It may recalled that on 17.10.2016 some birds had died in the Delhi Zoological Park and thereafter birds had died in six other areas. A sample was sent on 17.10.2016 to NIHSAD, and on the same day it was confirmed that the birds had died of H5NH8 virus. A close watch is being maintained and necessary advisories have been issued to all states to keep a vigil on areas frequented by birds both domestic and migratory. Secretary DADF, Shri Devendra Chaudhry is himself keeping close watch and is in constant touch with the chief secretaries of affected states including specially Delhi.

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    Our threads on the current outbreaks: Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Delhi
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      DADF secretary reviews incidence of H5N8 in wild and migratory birds
      A meeting was convened today under the chairmanship of Devendra Chaudhry, Secretary, DADF, in New Delhi to review the prevailing situation of Avian Influenza (H5N8) in wild and migratory birds in National Zoological Park, Deer Park and other places in Delhi and in other affected states.


      Siddharth Tiwari | Posted by Bijaya Kumar Das
      New Delhi, October 27, 2016 | UPDATED 20:26 IST

      The secretary of Department of Animal husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF) reviews incidence of H5N8 in wild and migratory birds in NZP, Deer Park and other places in Delhi and other affected states.
      Video conference with all the states AH Secretaries/ Directors under the chairmanship of the DADF secretary will be held on November 2, 2016, to review the situation.
      ...
      Initially, animal husbandry commissioner gave an overview of present status of AI situation in various places in Delhi and other affected states including Punjab, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.
      ...
      http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/d.../1/797334.html

      I have not found any other references to an outbreak in Punjab - Ro
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        Press Information Bureau
        Government of India
        Ministry of Agriculture
        28-October-2016 18:34 IST
        Status of Avian Influenza H5N8 in Wild Migratory Birds and Poultry

        The Secretary DADF, Shri Devendra Chaudhry has reviewed the overall situation of Avian Influenza H5N8 in the country. Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi have not reported any mortality of birds. On 27.10.2016, only one mortality in wild bird was reported from Sanjay Jheel, Shakti Sthal, New Delhi. The control and containment operation is over in Rajpura, Distt. Patiala, Punjab. Surveillance is being carried out.

        2. The State Governments have been directed to be vigilant and ensure the surveillance for the disease and to take all bio security/ preventive measures

        3. The State Government of Kerala has initiated control and containment operations from 26-10-2016 at epicenter village Ramankary and Thakazhy, District Alappuzha and culling process is in operation.

        4. One Scientist from Southern Regional Disease Diagnosis Laboratory (SRDDL), Bangalore has been deputed to Kerala as a Central Observer to oversee and guide on the control and containment operations.

        5. The situation is under control and there is no need to panic.

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        • #5
          H/T Michael Coston: http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2016/1...mittee-on.html
          Saturday, October 29, 2016

          India: Report of the Monitoring Committee on Avian Influenza




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          This morning we have a report from yesterday's meeting of India's Monitoring Committee on Avian Influenza, with additional details on the testing results for the H5N8 virus - particularly from the National Zoological Park in New Delhi.
          According to recent press reports, India's testing laboratories are backlogged with with thousands of samples yet to process, prompting yesterday's media report Bird flu: Centre asks NIHSAD to expedite testing of samples.
          But in today's report we get a smattering of test results, including positive tests on several species and for pond water and mud around Pelican Pond, a popular stopover for migratory birds located within the National Zoological Park.

          First the report, then I'll return with a bit more.
          Press Information Bureau
          Government of India
          Ministry of Environment and Forests
          28-October-2016 20:38 IST
          Report of the Monitoring Committee on Avian Influenza

          The Monitoring Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for overseeing the outbreak of avian influenza reviewed the control and containment of the avian influenza situation today.

          Mortality Status within 24 hours:

          NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL PARK, NEW DELHI - Nil

          DEER PARK, HAUZ KHAS, NEW DELHI - Nil

          GWALIOR ZOO - Nil


          Action taken:

          The control and containment measures of avian influenza in the affected zoos are being continued, which include:

          1. Surveillance continues and the zoo is being screened regularly for any dead bird.

          2. Bio-security measures being strictly enforced.

          3. Zoo remained closed for the safety of visitors and control of the disease.

          4. A medical doctor visited and examined exposed employees of the zoo and medication was provided.

          5. Report from ICAR National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases indicating updated interim results of samples sent on 22.10.2016 from National Zoological Park is enclosed. The results are as under:
          6. Review meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Animal Husbandry Commissioner on 27.10.2016 wherein the report was discussed.

          7. It was decided to put on hold the culling operations for the time being in the infected zone.

          8. Anti-viral solution is being sprayed on the affected mud near Pelican Island to prevent further infection.

          9. The water from Pelican Pond has also been tested positive for H5N8. The issue was discussed in the meeting and it was decided that treatment of water body by chemical such as bleaching powder, or lime, will not be feasible as it will adversely affect the aquatic life of the water body.
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          The lack of reported bird deaths in the past 24 hours at the three zoos listed is a good sign, but the detection of the virus in the zoo's environment suggests that additional birds could still be infected.

          Avian influenza is gastrointestinal infection in birds, and they shed the virus through their feces - which can easily contaminate fresh water sources.
          Previous tests conducted on other HPAI and LPAI avian viruses (including H5N1) have shown prolonged persistence in the environment (see H5N1: Hiding In Plain Sightand EID Journal: Persistence Of H5N1 In Soil), remaining viable for days or even weeks depending upon conditions.
          Another finding of note is the positive test result on a Crow.

          While waterfowl (ducks & geese) and gallinaceous birds (turkeys, grouse, chickens & quail) are most often associated with carriage of HPAI H5 viruses, terrestrial birds such as crows, starlings, pigeons, and sparrowsare also known to carry, and shed, theses viruses as well (see 2007’s EID Journal Role of Terrestrial Wild Birds in Ecology of Influenza A Virus (H5N1).
          As far back as 2008, we saw reports out of India of crows dying from the H5N1 virus. In 2012, and again in 2014 India saw numerous wild bird die offs that were blamed on the avian flu virus (see Media Report: H5N1 Killing Crows In Jharkhand).
          Although the incidence of terrestrial bird carriage of HPAI viruses is poorly understood and its significance remains hotly debated, recent studies and surveillance suggests their role may be greater than previously believed.With the emergence of new avian flu viruses around the globe nearly every year, the research into their interactions with thousands of non-aquatic bird species has only just begun.

          Although there are media reports of other Indian States awaiting test results, as of this writing no new outbreaks have been confirmed.

          Posted by Michael Coston at 7:05 AM




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          • #6
            Released 10/29

            Monitoring Committee to Review Control of Avian Avian Influenza Submits Report

            The Monitoring Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for overseeing outbreak of H5N8 avian influenza reviewed the control and containment of the avian influenza situation today.

            Mortality Status within 24 hours:

            NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL PARK, NEW DELHI - Nil
            DEER PARK, HAUZ KHAS, NEW DELHI - Nil
            GWALIOR ZOO - Nil

            Action taken:

            The control and containment measures of avian influenza in the affected zoos are being continued, which include:

            1. Surveillance continues and the zoo is being screened regularly for any dead bird.
            2. Bio-security measures being strictly enforced.
            3. Delhi Zoo remained closed for the safety of visitors and control of the disease.
            4. A medical doctor visited and examined exposed employees of the zoo and medication was provided.
            5. Activities of other birds in the zoos appear to be normal.
            6. In Gwalior zoo, samples were collected for Plum Headed Parakeet, Red Munia, Shikara and Duck.
            7. Anti-viral solution is being sprayed on the affected area animal and bird enclosures and area surrounding water bodies to prevent further infection.

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              Status of Avian Influenza H5N8 in India

              Outbreaks of H5N8 Avian Influenza have been reported from few parts of the country.

              There is no further report of mortality from any part of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana where post operation surveillance is going on. The samples sent from Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Gwalior (MP), Madipur (Delhi) and Rohtak (Haryana) have been tested negative for Avian Influenza.

              The mortality was reported of poultry bird (chicken) in Itagi village, Hospet Taluk of Bellary district in Karnataka. On 10-11-2016 late evening, the NIHSAD has confirmed that the samples are positive for H5N8 Avian Influenza virus.

              The state Government of Karnataka has been given the directions to initiate the control and containment operations. An officer from the Southern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Bengaluru has been deputed to Bellary for overseeing the operation and assisting the State Government.

              The control and containment operations are being carried out at various epicenters in Kerala. The situation is under control.

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