Three days ago carcasses of almost 50 crows were found in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, putting the authorities on alert. After this, many more were reported dead, around 20 crows on Daly College's premises. Indore has already been one of the worst affected places with the ongoing coronavirus.
Some of the carcasses were sent for test to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal. They were found to be infected with the H5N8 virus, commonly known as the bird flu virus.
The situation is also worsening in Rajasthan. Kunji Lal Meena, the principal secretary, informed that 47 crows have died in Kota, 100 in Jhalawar and 72 in Baran. Necessary steps are being taken to spread awareness and control the situation. Rajasthan's Animal Husbandry Minister, Lalchand Kataria has mentioned that it is a serious matter and an emergency meeting of the concerned officials has been called. Witnessing the conditions, a bird flu alert has been announced in Rajasthan.
On Sunday, January 3, seven crows were reported dead at the famous Jal Mahal, taking the count to 252 in the state. Over 75 dead birds, from various districts, has been sent for the test.
Pigeons, peacock, kingfishers and magpies are some of the other birds affected by it, but it has been mainly reported amongst the crows. The virus is unsafe and necessary guidelines are being taken to ensure that it does not affect domestic, poultry animals. Especially in wetlands, Sambhar Lake and Kaila Devi Bird Sanctuary, active monitoring is established. Correct protocols are also used for the burial of the dead birds. The central government has asked for samples to be collected from areas where bird flu has been reported.
This virus can spread to human beings, and prove fatal. Hence, the state governments have also put prohibitory orders in areas where bird mortality has been reported. They might also order the of poultry if it is located within one kilometre of such a site. The authorities have started an operation to identify those suspected of being infected with the bird flu virus. A survey is also being initiated to trace those with cold, cough and fever symptoms within a 5-kilometre radius.