Bird Flu Kills Lakhs Of Birds In India As Infected Numbers Increase Rapidly

Poultry and migratory birds have been dying in India due to a strain of Bird flu in the country. Have a look at all the details regarding H5N8, which has been taking over the bird population.

Sania Kader

January 7, 2021

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Several places in the country have been reporting cases of bird flu amongst chickens, ducks, and geese, since the last few days. Several cases have been diagnosed in parts of Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. The state of Haryana has also reported over one lakh cases as they stated that poultry birds have been mysteriously dying since the last one week. In Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, numerous cows and migratory birds were found dead on the ground, causing a greater threat to the other birds in these places. According to studies, this new bird flu strain is called H5N8, which has not yet been detected in humans but has been affecting a huge population of birds including the wild species.

Here is a look at the ZEE5 video with details related to the new strain of bird flu in the country:

A strain of bird flu has been rapidly infecting poultry birds in different parts of the country. So far, Haryana has reported mysterious death of more than one lakh poultry birds, who had all been reportedly affected by the new strain. Other places like Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh, have also been adversely hit by this new virus. In some cases, the bird flu affects the reproductive ability of the birds while in others, they lose their lives instantly. It is also known as Avian Influenza Type A Virus and majorly affects chickens, ducks, and geese, most of which are consumed by human beings.

The present strain of bird flu is called H5N8 and it has been affecting various birds including the wild breed. It has been spreading in various parts of the globe and the main sources are ducks and geese who travel a long distance and transmit this virus through bird droppings. According to studies, the migration of birds and illegal trade has been escalating the positive numbers rapidly.

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According to the video attached above, this virus does not have a human transmission cycle even though a few people have been affected by bird flu in the past. According to WHO, people would not be infected if they cook their meat well as heat kills off the virus.

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