India slaughters thousands of birds amid deadly bird flu outbreak

Mass culling of birds have been ordered in India after an avian flu outbreak was detected in several states.

Cases of bird flu have been reported in capital New Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat.

New Delhi has closed the Ghazipur wholesale poultry market, the biggest in the region, after nearly 200 birds, mostly crows, were found dead.

Visitors have been barred from parks with water bodies, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries in the national capital region.

In Maharashtra at least 800 hens died there in the last two days. After labs confirmed the reason as bird flu, the administration has given orders to cull 8,000 birds across eight poultry farms.

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, the zoo in Kanpur city was shut down after the death of four jungle fowls and two parrots. All birds in enclosures and the zoo has been declared a containment zone and culling orders were provided.

In the states of Haryana and Madhya Pradesh chickens are being culled.

In the southern state of Kerala, culling of about 50,000 birds, mostly poultry farm ducks was completed.

At least nine states of India confirmed the infection. Dead birds include poultry fowl, crows, pigeons, peacocks and migratory birds.

Bird flu is a highly infectious and severe respiratory disease in birds caused influenza virus, which can occasionally infect humans as well.

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