Two multi-disciplinary teams comprise experts from National Center for Disease Control, National Institute of Virology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi and Lady Hardinge Medical College. These teams have been deployed in the affected districts on 4 January 2021 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to assist the state health departments in the implementation of the Avian Influenza Prevention Plan of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Review of the status of Kovid-19 will also continueAdditionally, a high-level team comprising the Director, NCDC and Joint Secretary and COVID-19 Nodal Officer Ministry of Food Processing Industries is scheduled to monitor the operation of the avian influence control operation on 6 January 2021 (today) and the appropriate public Increasing health interventions have been posted in Kerala to guide the State Health Department. Apart from this, this high level team will also review the Kovid-19 situation in the state.
Similar reports of avian influenza have come from Jhalawar, Rajasthan and Bhind, Madhya Pradesh including crows and migratory birds. The Animal Husbandry Department has issued an alert to intensify surveillance to detect any cases in poultry birds as per protocol.
So far, cases of bird deaths due to the virus have been detected in Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and the government has identified 12 apicenters after positive samples in four states. These include the districts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala. The samples sent for testing from Panchkula in Haryana were found to be inconclusive and will be tested again.
Outbreaks have been reported from Baran, Kota and Jhalawar in Rajasthan; Apart from this, cases have been reported in Mandsaur, Indore and Malwa in Madhya Pradesh, Kangra in Himachal Pradesh and Kottayam and Alappuzha in Kerala.
The ministry said that bird flu infection in humans has not yet been reported in India, but the disease is zoonotic and can spread through human handling (via fomites). The government has also started a campaign to identify people with suspected flu symptoms in the affected areas. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is closely monitoring the growing scenario.