On 29 Dec, eight chickens died at a retail outlet at Bhuvaneshwari Nagar in Dasarahalli due to a suspected H5N1 flu virus infection. Subsequently, the state health and family welfare department sprang into action and started an awareness campaign on Wednesday to put preventive measures in place, in order to stop the virus from spreading.
“It is very important for everyone to follow preventive the measures as per the Center’s guidelines to stop the virus from spreading any further,” said a retailer from Bhuvaneshwari Nagar. If the reports are to be believed, the chickens were brought from Tamil Nadu on December 28. The reports also stated that the birds died due to Avian flu, which is also known as H5N1 flu or Bird flu. The tests were done at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal.
As soon as the results were known, BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) started the awareness drive. Avian flu or bird flu is a very dangerous influenza virus that causes a highly infectious respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza. The animal husbandry and fisheries department wasted no time before issuing a notification, in which 1 km area around the chicken center was declared as an infected zone and 10 km area around Bhuvaneshwari Nagar was declared as a surveillance zone.
While explaining the danger of bird flu, the doctors advised people to remain cautious. “Even though H5N1 flu is very rare in humans, it is always better to look for prevention than cure”, they said. Taking these factors into consideration, BBMP reacted quickly and killed around 50 chickens on Wednesday and closed down many shops in the infected area. These shops have been advised not to sell chickens and eggs for some time. For precautionary measures, the residents have also been asked to refrain from buying eggs and chickens.
Some of the symptoms of bird flu include fever, cough, sore throat, abdominal pain. All these symptoms can be dangerous and must not be ignored.
Experts believe that the supplies from Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh must be stopped for time being as all the affected chickens in Dasarahalli village were non-broiler. The interesting thing is that the sales in other places have not been impacted as the virus seem to be limited to a small area of Bhuvaneshwari Nagar.