Maharashtra: Over 15 birds found dead in Thane

Mumbai: At least 16 birds were found dead at Vijay Garden Society, Kavesar and Hill Garden, Kokanipada in Thane today (January 6). The locals from the area informed concerned civic authorities that the birds were lying dead since morning.

Sandeep Malvi, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation confirmed to
Mirror that 14 Pond herons and two Parakeets were found dead this morning near Vijay Garden in Thane. The cause of death has not been ascertained and the dead bodies have been sent to the Disease Investigation Agency at Pune for investigation and only after the reports come, we will know if they are cases of bird flu, he said.

Photos by Prashant Narvekar

Amid an alarming rise in the number of bird flu cases in multiple parts of India, a senior forest official on Tuesday stated that the outbreak has not reached Maharashtra yet. “As of now, there are no cases of bird flu being reported in any part of Maharashtra,” said principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife), Nitin Kakodkar.

In 2006, a H5N1 virus outbreak was reported in Nandurbar and Dhule districts in north Maharashtra, which had affected thousands of birds.

An outbreak of the avian flu has been reported in several states including Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Hundreds of birds have died in the past few days owing to the flu.

The Centre has issued an advisory to the state on the spread of bird flu in the country, said Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Giriraj Singh on Wednesday. Earlier today, considering the possibility of the spread of Avian Influenza (AI) Virus to humans and other domesticated animals and birds, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change directed all states and Union Territories to take all possible steps for containing the spread of the disease.

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