Maharashtra confirms bird flu, 800 chickens dead



Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will chair a meeting to review the bird flu situation in the state, today. Maharashtra is the eighth state to confirm bird flu.

Three days ago, 800 chickens in Murumba village died due to bird flu. District administration had sent blood samples of dead chickens to National Laboratory. Reports confirm that the chickens died of bird flu, Deepak Mughlikar, District Collector, Parbhani, said.

"All birds in poultry farms within a one-kilometer radius of Muramba village, will be culled. Sale and purchase of birds within a 10-km radius is suspended. All people in the village are being tested for the virus and a medical team is present," the Collector said.

Delhi and Maharashtra have confirmed bird flu amid nationwide efforts to contain spread. Seven other states - Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat - earlier confirmed Avian Influenza as the cause of the recent bird deaths. 


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