Much less Infectious Chook Flu Variant Detected In Rajasthan’s Kota, Baran

Less Infectious Bird Flu Variant Detected In Rajasthan's Kota, Baran Districts

No affect of chicken flu has been present in poultry but, Rajasthan minister mentioned (Representational)


After chicken flu was confirmed in samples of carcasses despatched from Rajasthan’s Jhalawar, avian influenza subtype H5N8, which consultants mentioned is much less infectious than H5N1 virus, has been detected within the state’s Kota and Baran districts.

The state on Tuesday reported deaths of 200 extra birds, officers mentioned. They mentioned the variety of birds which died in Rajasthan within the current days reached 625 on Tuesday morning, amid an outbreak of chicken flu. The fatalities have been reported in 16 of the 33 districts of Rajasthan.

Additionally, 86 samples from 11 districts have been despatched for testing to detect chicken flu, which is a extremely infectious and extreme respiratory illness in birds brought on by the H5N1 influenza virus, which may often infect people as nicely.

Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Division Minister Lal Chand Kataria held a overview assembly on Tuesday to take inventory of the scenario.

He mentioned avian influenza has been present in three districts of Rajasthan and the virus is spreading in neighbouring states as nicely, which is a matter of concern.

“Hen and eggs haven’t been affected as a result of virus however all precautions are being taken trying on the large-scale deaths of crows. Samples despatched from Jodhpur have examined unfavourable. However, constructive circumstances of avian influenza have been present in Jhalawar, Kota and Baran districts,” Mr Kataria mentioned.

He mentioned there might be no ban on sale of eggs as no affect of chicken flu has been present in poultry thus far. Poultry farm homeowners have been alerted, the minister mentioned.


Mr Kataria mentioned the state authorities needs to arrange a lab in order that delay in testing of samples might be averted.

Animal Husbandry Division Principal Secretary Kunji Lal Meena mentioned the one accredited lab to conduct check of such illnesses is in Bhopal. The Centre has agreed in precept to encourage regional labs.

Division secretary Arushi Malik mentioned the virus present in Kota and Baran is avian influenza subtype H5N8, which is much less infectious than H5N1. However precautions must be taken, Malik mentioned.

Himachal Pradesh on Monday turned the fourth state to report circumstances of chicken flu after Rajasthan, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, with officers confirming that migratory birds discovered lifeless at Pong Dam Lake in Kangra district have examined constructive for the dreaded avian influenza.

In Rajasthan, deaths of greater than 170 birds have been reported from some districts on Monday.

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