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Bird flu outbreak in Kerala: Over 1800 chickens dead at state-run poultry farm in Kozhikode

Kerala News: At least 1,800 chickens have died of infection due to bird flu in Kozhikode district of Kerala. Health officials are keeping an eye on the matter.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

Kozhikode/Kerala: Chickens died due to the spread of bird flu in Kozhikode district of Kerala. According to information received from official sources, bird flu spread in a government poultry center in the district, due to which at least 1,800 chickens have died due to infection. He told that the presence of H5N1 form of bird flu virus was found in the chickens of the poultry center which is operated by the District Panchayat.

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The official said that Kerala Animal Husbandry Minister J Chinchu Rani has given instructions to take preventive measures following the Centre’s guidelines and protocols in this regard.

In a statement issued by the government, it was said that in the preliminary investigation there are indications of bird flu outbreak. The test has been sent to the laboratory located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh for accurate testing. There were more than 5000 chickens in the poultry center and so far 1800 chickens have died due to infection.

Instructions have been given to bury the dead chickens safely with the coordination of various departments under the supervision of the district administration. Chickens will be killed for disease prevention. Apart from this, other efforts will be made. Earlier, more than 6,000 birds, mostly ducks, have been killed in Kerala’s Kottayam district. In Thiruvananthapuram district too, recently around 3000 chickens were killed in two villages to prevent bird flu.

What is bird flu?
Avian influenza or bird flu is a viral infection. According to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), it affects both domestic and wild birds. This virus attacks the intestines or respiratory tract of birds and makes them sick. In many cases, birds also die due to this.

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