The outbreak of bird flu, which has widely affected the poultry in the districts of Kottayam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta in Kerala, found to be due to H5N1 virus on Thursday. The state seems to be in fear as the virus can seem to be a threat to the life of humans.
The flu which was earlier considered due to avian influenza was tested by National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal and confirmed due to H5N1 virus on Thursday. The virus, as per reports, can cause infection in man and sometime may lead to death.
Meanwhile, massive culling of birds is being done in the affected areas to prevent the spread of virus. Over tens of thousands ducks have been killed in the districts within the last few days.
Amid, Kerala’s tourism sector is also hit by the bird flu as Alappuzha comes under of the major affected areas. Alappuzha and Kottayam are known for its backwaters and houseboat services. There are around 600 houseboats in Alappuzha district. Alppuzha is known as the ‘duck capital’ of Kerala as ducks are reared in paddy fields filled with water during the rainy season. While duck meat was one of the special items prepared for the tourists in the area, it paved way for a huge loss for people, especially for the poultry farmers.
For the last few days, all the poultry products such as meat and eggs were banned in the affected areas. As per reports, there has been a drastic loss in the sale of poultry products across the state. Amid, Tamil Nadu has also banned the import of poultry from the state on Thursday regarding the issue.
As per the decision taken at a meeting, which was headed by TN Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, poultry and poultry products coming into state from Kerala will be turned back. All vehicles from Kerala will be sprayed with disinfectants. The Tamil Nadu government has decided to form 800 teams to take action in preventing the spread of bird flu.
Earlier, there were wide protests from farmers regarding the decision of state government of killing the poultry birds. Farmers have, however, lost their hope of making profit through their business in the months ahead as many of them were awaiting for Christmas and New Year during which the duck price usually touches to its peak.
Meanwhile, till Thursday, more than 2,00,000 ducks were killed as per the order of the government. According to reports, about four lakh ducks will be killed in three days.