The first case of bird flu identified in Navi Mumbai; officials direct for precautionary culling

Mahape and Ghansoli in Navi Mumbai reported the first cases of H5N1 virus causing bird flu in Navi Mumbai.

Navi Mumbai has joined the list of regions in the country, contaminated by the infection of bird flu in Maharashtra. On January 25, 10 bird samples were sent from Mahape and Ghansoli to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune. These included 6 poultry samples, two from Mahape and four from Ghansoli, all of which have tested positive for the infection of bird flu. Precautionary culling has begun, leading to the execution of 95 birds in Ghansoli and 192 in Mahape, while further culling directives have been authenticated for all regions within 1 km- radius of infected places.

Bird flu grips Navi Mumbai

In the recent reports issued by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune against poultry samples from Navi Mumbai, infection traces of H5N1 have been reported. As per reports, the results were received on Saturday and by Sunday, the Thane Collector had issued a notification to cull birds with-in 1 km of infected regions.

Besides them, medical and vet staff who handle the poultry samples have to go through virus screening, read reports. All areas that have been infected have also been sanitised to eliminate the chances of further infection transmission. The Municipal Corporation too has sounded an alert over the situation and has issued an advisory in other parts of the district.

People have been cautioned to not touch any dead bird and report about the same to civic authorities. The Municipal Commissioner in an assuring statement added that consumption of poultry is safe, provided it is cooked over 70°C. He also advised using gloves while handling raw chicken.

Meanwhile, the Navi Mumbai district authorities are still awaiting the results of the eight samples, including six crows and two pigeons which were relayed to the NIV, Pune on January 14. The district authorities can issue concrete directives only after the reports are received.

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