According to a report in the Times of India, the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N1 has struck the poultry in the Ranga Reddy district of Telengana, about 20 km from Hyderabad. In response to this outbreak a decision to cull 200,000 birds and impose a ban on consumption of poultry products (chicken and eggs) has been placed. Protocols for culling and burial of infected birds are being followed and gunny sacks to dispose of the dead birds being obtained.
The outbreak happened in a rather dramatic fashion after a local veterinarian sounded the alarm when he noticed hundreds of dead birds in a farm.
Previously this HPAI strain was detected in wild crows but this is the first instance of HPAI in poultry in Telangana this year.
Published by Pranab Chatterjee
Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!
View all posts by Pranab Chatterjee