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  • India: H5N1 avian influenza reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

    Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has called for a high-level meeting to discuss the reports of the deaths of ducks in Alapuzha due to avian influenza virus, a Kerala minister said Monday.

    Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar told the media here that there is no need for any panic.

    "All arrangements are being made to stock medicines to tackle any outbreak of fever. The chief minister has called for an emergency meeting of ministers and officials. There is no need to worry or panic," said Sivakumar.

    Over the past two weeks, a number of ducks in Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts have been reportedly dropping dead. Following this samples were sent to a few labs of which the Bhopal lab confirmed that the ducks died due to avian influenza.

    http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/227912991

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    Re: H1N1 kills ducks in Kerala, CM calls meeting

    Kerala Animal Husbandry Department on Monday said avian influenza virus was behind the massive death of ducks in Kuttanad region of Alappuzha district.

    Reports from Alappuzha said 17,000 ducks had died in recent days. Kuttanad is Kerala’s prominent paddy-growing region, where scores of farmers are engaged in rearing duck.

    Kerala Animal Husbandry Minister K P Mohanan said preventive steps would be soon initiated to contain the disease. The avian flu was confirmed after lab tests at National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal. He said veterinary kits would be disturbed in the region and if necessary, birds would be culled to prevent the disease’s spread to other regions.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/ind...ian-influenza/

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    • #3
      Re: India: Kerala: Massive death of ducks from avian influenza in Kuttanad region of Alappuzha district - strain?

      Bird flu detected in Kuttanad

      This was due to the widespread attack of Avian Influenza virus

      George Joseph | Kochi November 24, 2014

      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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      • #4
        Re: India, Kerala State: Massive death of ducks from avian influenza in Kottayam and Alappuzha districts - Strain?

        Bird flu confirmed in Kuttanad

        Posted on :16:17:46 Nov 24, 2014
        Last edited on:17:31:04 Nov 24, 2014


        ALAPPUZHA: The outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) was reported at Kuttanad in Alappuzha where more than 10,000 ducks died during the past one week.

        State Animal Husbandary Department sources said here Monday that the samples of the dead birds tested positive of the avian flu virus at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal. However, the exact avian strain is yet to be confirmed.
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        The affected regions were Nedumudi and Edathua in the Kuttanad, known as rice bowl of Kerala. This is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 m below sea level. More than 1,000 people are engaged in duck farming in the area. It would be a difficult task for the authorities to undertake pre-emptive culling in a radius of one-km if the situation arose.
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          Re: India, Kerala State: Massive death of ducks from avian influenza in Kottayam and Alappuzha districts - Strain?

          Kerala govt orders massive culling of ducks after tests confirm avian influenza

          Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Posted: November 24, 2014 5:03 pm | Updated: November 24, 2014 9:53 pm
          As avian influenza was confirmed as the cause of death of nearly 17,000 ducks in the state’s major paddy-growing Kuttanad region in Central Kerala, the government ordered for massive culling of the birds and other poultry in affected areas.
          According to animal husbandry department, the avian influenza was confirmed following lab tests at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal. However, the department is yet to get reports about the sub-type of the virus to ascertain whether it would affect humans.
          Kuttanad, spread over three districts, has a duck population of 6 lakhs. Deaths have been reported from two villages in the recent weeks. As per the decision, all poultry in one square kilometer from the affected villages would be culled immediately. Besides, the sale of duck has been banned in Kuttanad and Ambalapuzha taluks in Alappuzha.
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          - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/ind....uwnqvqXg.dpuf
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          • #6
            India: H5 reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

            Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa...cle6630463.ece

            Updated: November 25, 2014 02:34 IST
            Bird flu outbreak in Kottayam, Alappuzha

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

            Minister for Animal Husbandry K.P. Mohanan said here on Monday 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 H.R. 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. Four panchayats, Aimanam, Purakkad, Kumarakom, and Thalavadi have been affected...

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              Re: India: H5 reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

              Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-...1-1289777.aspx


              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...

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              • #8
                Re: India: H5 reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

                Alert It’s H5 virus, say Scientists
                DC | CYNTHIA CHANDRAN | November 25, 2014, 05.11 am IST

                THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Bird flu has now been confirmed in the district with blood samples of ducks found dead in Kuttanad testing positive for the virus at the Bhopal lab they were sent to by the animal husbandry department.

                Over 10, 000 ducks have died in Kuttanad over the last few weeks. While at first the animal husbandry department thought they had died of duck plague, the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal, has detected the bird flu virus, H5 in the blood samples tested.

                It is however not as dangerous as the H5N1 virus, which is most likely to spread to human beings as well.

                “Currently only the H5 virus has been detected, but further tests are being conducted.

                Though it is not as dangerous as H5N1, it can affect all types of birds including hens, quail, turkey and guinea fowl. Bird handlers must wear protective gear,” warned Dr. V. Brahmanandan, in-charge director of animal husbandry, revealing that the samples were sent on November 21 to the Bhopal lab and the results were received on Monday.
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                • #9
                  Re: India: H5 reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

                  "It is estimated that around 150,000 domestic ducks and a few chickens are to be culled and burnt in the affected areas. The sale of duck meat and eggs has also been banned," the state's Animal Husbandry Minister KP Mohanan said after the meeting.

                  Mr Mohanan said the presence of the H5N1 virus had been confirmed in samples sent for lab tests, though there were no reports so far of the virus transmitted to humans.


                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-30189215

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                    Re: India: H5N1 reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

                    Confirmation of Avian Infuenza in Purakked & Thalavady Panchayats of district Alappuzha and Parippu Aimananam Panchayat of Kottayam districts of Kerala

                    http://dahd.nic.in/dahd/WriteReadDat...20Purakked.pdf

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                      Re: India: H5N1 reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

                      OIE Notification;

                      Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
                      India

                      Information received on 25/11/2014 from Mr Anup Kumar Thakur, Secretary, Government of India, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi, India
                      Summary
                      http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wa...reportid=16585
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                        Re: India: H5N1 reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

                        Ministry of Agriculture
                        25-November, 2014 18:00 IST
                        Central Government Asks State Government of Kerala to Take Necessary Steps to Contain Avian Influenza

                        The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture on receipt of reports about the mortality of the birds (ducks) and the samples having been found positive for Avian Influenza in RT-PCR and Real time RT-PCR for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5 AIV, have asked Government of Kerala for immediate precautionary steps/actions for preparedness for control and containment of the disease and to furnish the information. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also been requested to facilitate the control and containment operations.

                        The State has already started the control and containment operation as per Action Plan on Prevention, Control and Containment of Avian Influenza which was revised in 2012. The culling will be carried out in 1 km radius of the infected sites. There is no further report of any unusual sickness or mortality from any other part of the country.

                        As per the report received from the State there are 228807 birds in 1 km radius of epicentres in district Alappuzha and 13,000 birds in 1 km radius of epicentre in district Kottayam. There are 1759123 birds in surveillance zone (2-10 kms area) in district Alappuzha and 240696 birds in surveillance zone of district Kottayam. The mortality till date is 15,500 birds. A Control room has been started by the state on 23.11.2014. The control rooms have also been started in the districts.

                        GG:CP: avian (25.11.2014)
                        (Release ID :111848)
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                          Re: India: H5N1 reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

                          I'm going to edit the title of this thread - I haven't seen official confirmation of H5N1 yet - could be H5N8.
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                            Re: India: H5 avian influenza reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

                            Kerala begins culling poultry as bird flu spreads in state

                            Government announces compensation to farmers

                            By Akhel Mathew, CorrespondentPublished: 12:51 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.

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                              Re: India: H5 avian influenza reported in poultry in Kottayam and Alappuzha, Kerala

                              Culling of ducks begins in Alappuzha and Kottayam

                              Posted on :10:41:17 Nov 26, 2014
                              Last edited on:12:42:12 Nov 26, 2014


                              ALAPPUZHA/KOTTAYAM: Culling of ducks after the spread of bird flu in the affected areas has started. Ducks are firstly culled in Alappzha and Kottayam. Ducks in places where the disease is confirmed, would be culled first. 50 teams of five members each have reached the place. Ducks of Aimanam and Kumarakom in Kottayam will be culled first.
                              ...
                              The outbreak of the disease has been confirmed in Pathanamthittal also. The health department confirmed the disease in Peringalam and upper Kuttanad areas. Almost 200 ducks died of the disease. The disease was confirmed in Pathanamthita at the examination conducted at a centre in Thiruvalla.
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