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Bird Flu Scare in Rajasthan & MP as Virus Detected in Dead Crows, Patients to be Scanned

After 100 crows, peacocks other birds found dead in Nagaur. (Image: IANS)

After 100 crows, peacocks other birds found dead in Nagaur. (Image: IANS)

Bird flu was confirmed on Wednesday in a Jhalawad area where around 100 crows were found dead. The district administration has declared a zero mobility zone within one kilometre of the area to ensure the infection does not spread to other birds.

After the recent confirmation of bird flu in Jhalawad district, around 50 birds including peacocks have been found dead in Kalwa village of Makrana sub-block in Nagaur district of Rajasthan.

A medical team is trying to cure around 50 peacocks while a post mortem was being conducted on 2 peacocks till the time of filing this report.

Kalwa sarpanch Dilip Singh confirmed that many peacocks were found dead under a banyan tree and the matter was reported to the authorities.

Didwana Ranger Arjun Ram said that one crow, five pigeons and a few more birds have been found dead. Also a few birds were found injured who are being treated.

Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal demanded that the state forest minister look into the issue and order a probe into the matter.

"Received the heart wrenching report on peacocks and birds being found dead in Makrana area of Nagaur district. Forest minister should look into the issue," he said in a tweet.

Mohanlal Meena, Chief Wildlife Warden told IANS, "I am unaware of the issue. Will collect information in this matter."

Bird flu was confirmed on Wednesday in a Jhalawad area where around 100 crows were found dead. The district administration has declared a zero mobility zone within one kilometre of the area to ensure the infection does not spread to other birds.

The virus was also detected in around 50 crows whose carcasses were found in Madhya Pradesh's Indore three days ago, putting the authorities on alert, a civic health official said on Friday. The authorities have now launched a drive to identify those with suspected flu symptoms in the area.

"Nearly fifty crows were found dead on the campus of Daly College on Tuesday. Some of the carcasses were sent for tests to Bhopal. They were found to be carrying the H5N8 virus," Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer Poornima Gadaria told PTI. A survey is being conducted to trace those with cold, cough and fever in the radius of five kilometers in the plush Residency Area where the college is situated, she said.

Suspected patients' swab samples will be tested, she added. Pramod Sharma, deputy director of Indore veterinary service, said that on Friday 20 more crows were found dead on Daly College's premises. The test results of these carcasses were awaited.

Indore district has already been affected worst by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Madhya Pradesh.


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