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  • Kerala, India: H5N8 virus confirmed in Ducks in Alappuzha

    Bird flu has been confirmed in Alappuzha, Ducks kill
    TNN | Updated: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:10:15 +0530

    Alappuzha: Alappuzha District താറാവുകളിൽ various regions of the H 5 N 8, N Madhavan confirmed the District Collector, she said.

    പകരില്ല of human disease. Food inspector conducting an inspection, said the leadership of the district collector ഭക്ഷ്യശാലകളിൽ.

    Killed all the ducks infected with the disease. Five locations in the District 5 N 8 H confirmed. Thakazhi, നീലംപേരൂർ, pandas, Kainakari, രാമങ്കരി and താറാവുകളിലാണ് of the disease.

    H5N8 outbreak in Alappuzha

    H5N8 virus confirmed in Ducks in Alappuzha. It will not transmit to humans. Infected birds will be destroyed, says District Collector.
    http://malayalam.samayam.com/news/st...w/55047640.cms

    See also concurrent outbreaks in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh

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  • #2


    Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    India: H5N8 Now Reported In Kerala State (Southern India)















    #11,845


    India's H5N8 outbreak appears to be spreading quickly, with word today from the Times of India that the virus has now been detected more than 1300 miles south of the first outbreak in New Delhi, in the district of Alappuzha in Kerala State.
    Avian flu conformed in Alappuzha
    Sajimon P S | TNN | Oct 25, 2016, 16:39 IST



    ALAPPUZHA: Avian flu(H5 N8) has been confirmed in five places in ducks in Kuttanad by State Disease Investigation Laboratory(SDIL) at Bhopal and this H5N8 virus will not transmit to human beings, informed district collector Veena N Madhavan.
    Speaking to newsmen after chairing a meeting of officials of animal husbandry department, revenue, police and local bodies here on Tuesday, Veena said there is no problem for eating the meat and eggs of healthy ducks. ``In 2014, November, it was H5 N1, which spread in Alappuzha and that virus was a threat to the human beings. However, this time, it is H5 N8 which was confirmed in five places- Thakazhi, Neelamperoor, Pandi, Ramankari, Kainadi- and it will not transmit to human beings,'' said the collector.
    The district administration has set up 20 Rapid Response Teams (RRT) for monitoring and destroying the affected birds. Each RRT is consisting of two veterinary surgeons, two livestock inspectors, two labourers, two attenders ward member, two revenue officials and two police men. This RRT team will cull the bird flu affected ducks in an isolated places and this RRT team will complete their works within four days.

    (Continue. . . )
    While Indian authorities are downplaying the threat from H5N8 - for bothhumans and poultry - the hard hit poultry industries of South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States would probably beg to differ.

    Kerala is an important over-wintering spot for scores of avian species, which flock to the warm tropical wetlands of southern India each fall.
    According to The Hindu 2011 reportMigratory birds arrive in Kerala, most of these birds hail from the . . . Eurasia region; Siberia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and other area north of the Himalayan regions. Some of the birds are also from the Himalayan region. . . . The migratory species arriving include godwits, terns, ospreys, golden plovers, pratincoles, several species of ducks and waders like sandpipers and plovers.
    The rapid spread of H5N8 across the entire length of India is a worrisome sign, and more evidence that the H5N8 virus is able to hitchhike long distances via migratory birds.



    Posted by Michael Coston at 9:12 AM




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    • #3
      Avian flu:1176 ducks destroyed in Kuttanad

      Sajimon P S | TNN | Oct 26, 2016, 18:53 IST


      ALAPPUZHA: The rapid response teams (RRTs) constituted by the district administration destroyed 1176 avian flu affected ducks in Kuttanad on Wednesday. However, the duck farmers began strong protest against the RRTs for destroying the ducks at Thakazhi.
      District collector Veena N Madhavan said the RRT culled 180 ducks in Cheruthana, 396 ducks at Thakazhi and 600 ducks at Muttar.
      It was on Tuesday, avian flu (H5 N8) has been confirmed in five places in ducks in Kuttanad and this H5N8 virus will not transmit to human beings.
      ...
      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/55071654.cms

      Hit By Bird Flu, Duck Farmers In Kerala Worry About Their Livelihood
      Kerala | Written by Sneha Mary Koshy | Updated: October 27, 2016 01:31 IST


      Kuttappan, a duck farmer who has lost hundreds of his ducks in the last few days due to bird flu.
      ALAPPUZHA, KERALA: Ducks wading through fields of paddy are a common sight in Kerala's Alappuzha. But it's a tough time for many, like 50-year-old Kuttappan, a duck farmer who has lost hundreds of his ducks in the last few days due to bird flu.

      Making things worse for Kuttappan, the local duck breeders are blaming him for bird flu because this year too, the farmer, like last year, raised the bird flu alarm by asking officials to test samples, which eventually confirmed the H5N8 strain of bird flu.

      "Everyone calls me the bird flu man just because I was the first one to call authorities. It's not fair," says Kuttapan.
      ...
      http://www.ndtv.com/kerala-news/hit-...lihood-1499649

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      • #4
        Confirmation of Avian Flu leads to urgent meet today
        By Express News Service | Published: 31st October 2016 06:21 AM |
        Last Updated: 31st October 2016 06:21 AM | A+A A- |

        KOTTAYAM: With the Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) now confirming the existence of bird flu among the ducks in Arppookkara, Kumarakom and Aymanam grama panchayats, District Collector C A Latha will on Monday chair an urgent meeting of the officials concerned to discuss the further course of action.

        According to Animal Husbandry Department officials here, culling of the infected birds will start at the earliest in the wake of the NIHSAD findings. However, they sought to ally the public fears over the H5N8 virus that causes Avian flu, saying it could not be passed onto human beings.

        “The H5N8 virus has been confirmed in the tests conducted at the high-security lab in Bhopal. However, it won’t be transmitted to human beings,” said Dr Hariharan, district Animal Husbandry Officer, adding, the culling of birds was likely to commence on Tuesday on the basis of the decisions taken at Monday’s meeting.

        Meanwhile, more ducks succumbed to the deadly virus on Sunday, bringing the toll to 3,500 so far.
        ...
        http://www.newindianexpress.com/stat...y-1533369.html
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        • #5
          Kerala: Duck farmers want culling to end now
          DECCAN CHRONICLE. | T SUDHEESH
          Published Oct 31, 2016, 1:45 am ISTUpdated Oct 31, 2016, 6:40 am IST
          ...
          Each nursery breeds up to 20,000 ducklings every year during September–November. Ten hatcheries provide ducklings to the farmers at reasonable rates.

          "I really don’t know what would be the fate of the business if the situation continues,” says K.O. Thomas, a nursery owner in Chennithala. The farmers' body wants the sector emboldened by organising all farmers with a proper registration. "Since the duck farming is a supplementary business, many out of the compensation list and many have given up job after the 2014 outbreak. Retaining this traditional business is important. There are some 650 registered large scale duck farmers in Kuttanad and surrounding areas, and the actual number could be over a thousand," said joint-secretary Bency Thomas.

          Rapid Response Force teams cull 9,872 ducks

          Teams of Rapid Response Force (RRF) set up jointly by the district administration, the Animal Husbandry Department and the Health Department culled 9872 infected ducks at various places in Kuttanad on Saturday. The culling will be continued. V Gopakumar, nodal officer, said the culling was carried out at various places. In Thakazhi Panchayath 817 ducks were culled while in Neelamperooor at least 3788 ducks were confined to flames. In Cheruthana 362 ducks were buried in a scientific way. Apart from this, as many as 5015 ducks which tested positive on Sunday in a one kilometre radius were culled.

          http://www.deccanchronicle.com/natio...o-end-now.html
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          • #6
            Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
            India
            Information received on 04/11/2016 from Mr Devendra Chaudhry, Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, New Delhi, India
            Summary
            Report type Immediate notification
            Date of start of the event 19/10/2016
            Date of confirmation of the event 24/10/2016
            Report date 04/11/2016
            Date submitted to OIE 04/11/2016
            Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
            Date of previous occurrence 05/09/2016
            Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
            Causal agent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus
            Serotype H5N8
            Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
            This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
            New outbreaks (2)
            Outbreak 1 Thakazhy, Thakazhy, Alappuzha, KERALA
            Date of start of the outbreak 19/10/2016
            Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
            Epidemiological unit Farm
            Affected animals
            Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
            Birds 79918 100 100 14648
            Outbreak 2 Ramankary, Ramankary, Alappuzha, KERALA
            Date of start of the outbreak 23/10/2016
            Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
            Epidemiological unit Farm
            Affected animals
            Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
            Birds 77848 15 15 6483
            Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 2
            Total animals affected
            Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
            Birds 157766 115 115 21131
            Outbreak statistics
            Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
            Birds 0.07% 0.07% 100.00% **
            *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
            **Not calculated because of missing information
            Epidemiology
            Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
            • Unknown or inconclusive
            Epidemiological comments Control and containment operations are going on.
            Control measures
            Measures applied
            • Movement control inside the country
            • Screening
            • Disinfection / Disinfestation
            • Quarantine
            • Stamping out
            • Vaccination prohibited
            • No treatment of affected animals
            Measures to be applied
            • Dipping / Spraying
            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 PCR 24/10/2016 Positive
            National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 24/10/2016 Positive
            Future Reporting
            The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
            ...
            http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wa...reportid=21439
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            • #7
              3 lakh more birds likely to be culled


              Culling team members allege denial of firewood and fuel to burn the birds


              The government has stepped up efforts to contain the bird flu outbreak reported in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts, with 1,80,000 ducks culled in the affected areas.

              more...



              http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...cle9311242.ece


              "May the long time sun
              Shine upon you,
              All love surround you,
              And the pure light within you
              Guide your way on."

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              Aristotle

              “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
              Mohandas Gandhi

              Be the light that is within.

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              • #8
                Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
                India
                Information received on 12/01/2017 from Mr Devendra Chaudhry, Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, New Delhi, India
                Summary
                Report type Follow-up report No. 1
                Date of start of the event 19/10/2016
                Date of confirmation of the event 24/10/2016
                Report date 12/01/2017
                Date submitted to OIE 12/01/2017
                Reason for notification Reoccurrence of a listed disease
                Date of previous occurrence 05/09/2016
                Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
                Causal agent Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
                Serotype H5N8
                Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
                This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
                Related reports Immediate notification (04/11/2016)
                Follow-up report No. 1 (12/01/2017)
                New outbreaks (23)
                Outbreak 1 Thalayazham, Thalayazham, Kottayam, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 19/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 17308 2046 2046 15262 0
                Outbreak 2 Neendoor, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 19/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 4240 1220 1220 3020 0
                Outbreak 3 Paippad, Paippad, Kottayam, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 19/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 21268 418 418 20850 0
                Outbreak 4 Veliyanad, Veliyanad, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 21/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 4623 1816 1816 2807 0
                Outbreak 5 Cheruthana, Cheruthana, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 22/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 24280 8123 8123 16157 0
                Outbreak 6 Neelamperoor, Neelamperoor, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 24/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 10770 700 700 10070 0
                Outbreak 7 Pallippad, Pallippad, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 24/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 15740 1435 1435 14305 0
                Outbreak 8 Nedumudy, Nedumudy, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 26/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 50671 10 10 50661 0
                Outbreak 9 Ambalapuzha North, Ambalapuzha North, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 26/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 65014 13505 13505 51509 0
                Outbreak 10 Aymanam, Aymanam, Kottayam, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 26/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 34388 6197 6197 28191 0
                Outbreak 11 Arpookkara, Arpookkara, Kottayam, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 26/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 28051 2506 2506 25545 0
                Outbreak 12 Champakkulam, Champakkulam, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 27/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 38523 418 418 38105 0
                Outbreak 13 Edathua, Edathua, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 27/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 77239 6935 6935 70304 0
                Outbreak 14 Veeyapuram, Veeyapuram, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 27/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 900 170 170 730 0
                Outbreak 15 Pulincunnu, Pulincunnu, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 29/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 28080 4500 4500 23580 0
                Outbreak 16 Chennithala, Chennithala, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 29/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 169460 783 783 168677 0
                Outbreak 17 Vechur, Vechur, Kottayam, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 31/10/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 38321 11009 11009 27312 0
                Outbreak 18 Purakkad, Purakkad, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 01/11/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 10455 32 32 10423 0
                Outbreak 19 Punnappra South, Punnappra South, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 06/11/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 3482 132 132 3350 0
                Outbreak 20 Thalavady, Thalavady, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 06/11/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 6609 110 110 6499 0
                Outbreak 21 Karuvatta, Karuvatta, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 17/11/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 49762 880 880 48882 0
                Outbreak 22 Ambalappuzha South, Ambalappuzha South, Alappuzha, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 23/11/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 12626 3146 3146 9480 0
                Outbreak 23 Kumarakom, Kumarakom, Kottayam, KERALA
                Date of start of the outbreak 24/11/2016
                Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
                Epidemiological unit Village
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 2280 480 480 1800 0
                Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 23
                Total animals affected
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
                Birds 714090 66571 66571 647519 0
                Outbreak statistics
                Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
                Birds 9.32% 9.32% 100.00% 100.00%
                *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
                Epidemiology
                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
                Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (Local laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 24/10/2016 Positive
                Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (Local laboratory) Birds reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 24/10/2016 Positive
                Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (Local laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 16/11/2016 Positive
                Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (Local laboratory) Birds reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 16/11/2016 Positive
                National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 29/10/2016 Positive
                National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 03/11/2016 Positive
                National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 29/10/2016 Positive
                National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 03/11/2016 Positive
                Future Reporting
                The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
                ...
                http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wa...reportid=22171
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