April 5, 2020 | 6:35 PM IST

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, H5N1 flu cases reported in Mysuru, Karnataka

Even while the researchers and health experts are contemplating dealing with the deadly Coronavirus, the news of the Bird Flu (H5N1) has also started to make its existence. The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) and the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services culled over 7500 chickens within a radius of 100 metre as a precautionary measure to prevent a wider spread of the flu.

The department on carrying out a survey at a poultry farm owned by one Ramachandra found that 15 domestic chickens were found dead unusually. They then sent three samples of dead birds for testing and one was reported to be suffering from bird flu.
According to the authorities, the culling started from Monday night. Extensive checking was also carried out at checkpoints to ensure no birds were being transported from Mysuru. The authorities are also trying to find out if the chickens were transported from Kerala. In the region, the rate of birds had dropped drastically and with the news of bird flu becoming active, the wholesale rate of broiler bird has dipped to Rs 15 per kg.

Two provinces in China – Hunan, and Sichuan too are said to be under the grip of the flu. Incidentally, the Sichuana province is barely 12 hours drive away from Wuhan – the originating place of COVID-19. A week back, about 4,500 chickens were reported to have died of the H5N1 virus.

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