Karnataka, Maharashtra on alert after bird flu virus confirmed in Bengaluru village
The bird flu virus had severely disrupted the poultry industry in Maharashtra in 2006. Photograph: (Others)
Maharashtra animal husbandry department has put districts on alert after Dasarahalli village in eastern Bengaluru reported a case of bird flu, media reports said.
The border area of Maharashtra and Karnataka are currently being monitored by the respective governments.
In an official statement, the Union agriculture ministry had said the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) had confirmed on December 30 that the samples of H5 strain of avian influenza virus were found to be positive.
Officials have declared Dasarahalli as an "infected zone" and put a "surveillance" zone around the area in a 10-kilometre radius. A sanitation drive has also been started in the area.
Meat selling has been banned in the area with restrictions on the sale of eggs in order to prevent the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus.
"On the directions of the Centre, the Karnataka government has notified the outbreak and initiated the control and containment operations," the statement said.
The bird flu virus had severely disrupted the poultry industry in Maharashtra in 2006. Several thousand birds were culled after bird flu was reported in Navapur village in Nandurbar district.
There were also reports of bird flu outbreak in West Bengal in at least 13 districts in 2008. The CPM government had ordered the culling of a large number of chickens and had targeted poultry birds and eggs to control the spread of the virus.
The virus was also reported in Kerala in 2014.