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Madhya Pradesh: Bird flu alert sounded after crow deaths

A bird flu warning has been issued by Animal Husbandry Department in Madhya Pradesh after the presence of the virus was reported in dead crows at Indore and more avian deaths in other districts. State Animal husbandry Minister Prem Singh Patel said, officials have been told to keep special watch on markets selling poultry and poultry products, farms, reservoirs and sites of migratory birds. AIR correspondent reports, Animal Husbandry Minister Prem Singh Patel said that the state’s Rapid Response Team is setting up a Control Room in Indore, where avian influenza (Bird Flu) has been detected in the samples of dead crows.

So far from December 23, the state witnessed deaths of 142 crows in Indore, 100 in Mandsaur, 112 in Agar-Malwa, 13 in Khargone and nine in Sehore district. Their samples were sent to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal for analysis.

Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer Poornima Gadaria informed that earlier about 50 crows were found dead on the campus of Daly College at Indore.They were found to be carrying the H5N8 virus.

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