January 4, 2021UPDATED: January 4, 2021 08:35 IST
The fear of the spread of bird flu amid the Covid-19 has put the state governments on an alert. After detection of bird flu virus was reported in two states — Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh — the Jharkhand government has now issued an advisory to all the districts to report unnatural deaths of birds to the animal husbandry department.
They have also been asked to send samples of such birds to laboratories.
Dr Sushil Prasad, a veterinary doctor posted with Birsa agriculture college in Ranchi, said that it is a good omen that no sign of bird flu has been found in Jharkhand yet. But the import of the birds from adjoining West Bengal increases the threat of the disease. Precaution is advised, but there is no need to panic, he said.
Farm owners have been asked to contact the veterinary doctor(s) in case of death of 10 birds or more at a time. Also, it is the foremost duty of the farm owners to dispose of the bird, if found dead, by burying.