Avian influenza has killed thousands of migratory birds, crows and poultry across at least six Indian states in recent weeks. Now, the country has enacted orders to cull poultry housed near outbreak epicenters, reports the Agence France Presse AFP. India has seen several avian flu outbreaks in recent years, including , and , and they usually occur when migratory birds pass through the region in winter. This year, officials have detected two strains of the influenza virus circulating among birds across India.
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Tens of thousands of poultry will be slaughtered in India after an outbreak of deadly avian influenza was found to have killed scores of birds across the country, officials said on Tuesday. At least six Indian states have stepped up efforts to contain two strains of bird flu — H5N1 and H5N8 — in recent days after the deaths of thousands of migratory birds, ducks, crows and chickens. H5N8, an avian influenza subtype among poultry and wild birds, has spread across several countries since early last year. Officials in northern Himachal Pradesh state said carcasses were found over the past week at a Himalayan lake that witnesses large flocks of migratory birds during the winter season. Local authorities have banned the sale and export of poultry in the region and have stepped up testing to control the spread. The mass deaths came amid a cull of nearly 35, poultry in the southern Kerala state, where an H5N8 virus outbreak killed up to 12, ducks.
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In and , an ongoing outbreak of Avian influenza subtype H5N8 has been occurring at poultry farms and among wild bird populations in several countries and continents, leading to the subsequent cullings of millions of birds to prevent a pandemic similar to that of the H5N1 outbreak in The first case of human transmission was reported by Russian authorities in February , as several poultry farm workers tested positive for the virus. On 4 February , Saudi Arabian government reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 virus on a poultry farm. The outbreak, which occurred in the central Sudair region, killed more than 22, birds in a few weeks.