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    Bird flu enters Punjab for the first time
    An alert has been sounded by the department in Rajpura and surveillance stepped up across the state. Culling was ordered and 33 ducks from the same reservoir were killed and buried on Wednesday.

    Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:October 28, 2016 6:12 am
    In the first case of bird flu in Punjab, samples from two ducks found dead in an industrial unit’s reservoir at Rajpura in Patiala district last week have tested positive for H5N8 avian influenza (commonly known as bird flu). The samples were sent to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal, which confirmed that the deaths were due to bird flu.

    After the deaths were reported to the state’s animal husbandry department, it first sent the samples to the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RDDL) in Jalandhar for testing. “The Jalandhar lab found something suspicious and it was sent for further testing to the national testing lab in Bhopal. The lab report has now confirmed that the ducks died because of bird flu virus,” said Dr Harjinderjit Singh Sandha, director of animal husbandry, Punjab. “It is for the first time the state has recorded bird flu deaths.”
    An alert has been sounded by the department in Rajpura and surveillance stepped up across the state. Culling was ordered and 33 ducks from the same reservoir were killed and buried on Wednesday.
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    http://indianexpress.com/article/ind...-time-3726783/

    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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    Avian flu kills 6 ducks in Pb, 33 culled

    Rohan Dua | TNN | Oct 31, 2016, 11.56 AM IST


    CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has issued a high alert about avian influenza (H5N8) after six ducks were found to be infected in a reservoir in Rajpura last week. As many as 33 other birds were culled in the area as a precaution. The deaths took place on the intervening night of October 22 and October 23. The cases were reported by locals to the district administration and samples were sent to stateowned Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RRDL) in Jalandhar and then to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal.
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/55150546.cms
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      Highly pathogenic avian influenza,
      India
      Information received on 10/11/2016 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 23/10/2016
      Date of confirmation of the event 25/10/2016
      Report date 09/11/2016
      Date submitted to OIE 10/11/2016
      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 (1)
      Outbreak 1 Damenheri, Rajpura, Patiala, PUNJAB
      Date of start of the outbreak 23/10/2016
      Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
      Epidemiological unit Village
      Affected animals
      Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
      Birds 43 10 10 33 0
      Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
      Total animals affected
      Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Destroyed Slaughtered
      Birds 43 10 10 33 0
      Outbreak statistics
      Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
      Birds 23.26% 23.26% 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
      National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds real-time PCR 25/10/2016 Positive
      National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 25/10/2016 Positive
      Future Reporting
      The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
      ...
      http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wa...reportid=21467
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