BENGALURU: Karnataka is on high alert following outbreak of bird flu (avian influenza) in the neighboring Kerala.
The death of 7,000 ducks reportedly due to the disease at Kottayam in Kerala has prompted the government to take precautionary measures. Check posts are being established at border districts to monitor and sterilize vehicles carrying chicken and egg to Kerala.
Animal husbandry minister T B Jayachandra, who held a meeting to review the state’s preparedness to tackle the issue, said: “There is no need to panic. The situation in the state is normal and the possibility of the outbreak of the disease is remote. But, as a precaution, we are taking all possible measures.”
The state has an estimated poultry population of 534.42 lakh. The eight bird sanctuaries and nine water bodies and 12 wetlands flocked by migratory birds in the state are also under scanner.
Jayachandra said there will be surveillance in Mysore, Madikeri and Chamarajanagar districts and more number of samples will be sent for testing. Personal protection kits, masks, serum tubes and other equipment have been kept ready and 8,505 personnel, including 1,555 veterinarians, have been trained to deal with the issue. S M Byre Gowda, the director of the Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals is the nodal officer.