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    700 birds to be culled following bird flu scare
    23:2 HRS IST
    Ahmedabad, Jan 3(PTI) The Gujarat Animal Husbandry Department today decided to cull around 700 birds kept at an animal care centre near the city after some of the Guinea fowls brought here from Mumbai were found to be infected with Avian Influenza, commonly known as Bird flu.

    The animal care centre is run by a city based NGO 'Asha Foundation' at Hathijan village on the outskirts of city.

    Adhering to Centre's guidelines to control Bird flu from spreading further, authorities have sealed the premises and declared the 1-km area surrounding the centre as 'Affected Zone' while 10-km area has been declared as 'Alert Zone', said a release by the state government.
    "We found symptoms of Bird flu in 7 Guinea fowls, which had died under mysterious circumstances few days back. They were among 200 such birds which were rescued in Mumbai and then sent to Asha Foundation on December 28. Laboratory tests confirmed that all of them had died due to Bird flu," said Patel, who reached the spot today to supervise culling.

    Last avian flu death in state was in 2006

    TNN | Jan 4, 2017, 03.53 AM IST

    Ahmedabad: Not so long ago, on September 5, 2016, the Union department of animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries had declared India free of the dreaded H5N1 avian flu virus, after a massive culling operation at Humnabad in the Bidar district of Karnataka. After that, Delhi, Keranga village in Odisha on December 26, 2016 and now Ahmedabad in Gujarat on January 1, have reported comebacks by the deadly virus, which, according to health officials has a 60% mortality rate if transmitted into humans.

    Dreaded bird flu reported in city

    TNN | Jan 4, 2017, 03.58 AM IST

    Ahmedabad: The dreaded avian flu or bird flu has again reared its head in Ahmedabad city. This is the second coming of the H5N1 virus in Gujarat, while the first was reported in 2006.
    The state animal husbandry department on Tuesday confirmed that seven samples from bird carcasses and three blood serum samples from live birds, retrieved from birds at the facility of the Asha Foundation NGO at Hathijan, tested positive for bird flu. The samples were sent to National Institute of High Security Animal Disease (NIHSAD) in Bhopal.
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    Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
    Information received on 19/01/2017 from Mr Devendra Chaudhry, Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, New Delhi, India
    Report type Immediate notification
    Date of start of the event 31/12/2016
    Date of confirmation of the event 02/01/2017
    Report date 19/01/2017
    Date submitted to OIE 19/01/2017
    Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
    Date of previous occurrence 09/2016
    Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
    Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
    Serotype H5N1
    Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
    This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
    New outbreaks (1)
    Outbreak 1 Asha Foundation, Hathijan, Ahmedabad, GUJARAT
    Date of start of the outbreak 31/12/2016
    Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
    Epidemiological unit Farm
    Affected animals
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
    Birds 191 25 25
    Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
    Total animals affected
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
    Birds 191 25 25
    Outbreak statistics
    Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
    Birds 13.09% 13.09% 100.00% **
    *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
    **Not calculated because of missing information
    Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
    • Unknown or inconclusive
    Control measures
    Measures applied
    • Movement control inside the country
    • Screening
    • Disinfection / Disinfestation
    • Dipping / Spraying
    • Quarantine
    • Stamping out
    • Vaccination prohibited
    • No treatment of affected animals
    Measures to be applied
    • No other measures
    Diagnostic test results
    Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
    National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases,Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 02/01/2017 Positive
    National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases,Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 02/01/2017 Positive
    Future Reporting
    The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
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