Via FirstPost.com: Bird flu scare in Kerala: Cases of avian influenza reported from parts of Alappuzha. Excerpt:
Kochi: Amid the Avian influenza outbreak in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, the virus has been found in ducks in coastal Alappuzha district in Kerala, prompting the district administration to take various measures, including forming Quick Response Teams.
The outbreak of the virus in ducks in the state has been confirmed after tests of samples at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases at Bhopal, an official statement said on Tuesday.
The cases of avian influenza have been reported from Thakazhi, Ramankari, Pandi, Pallippad and Kainadi, it said, adding there was however no cause for panic.
Some farmers claimed they had lost a number of ducks.
"Twenty quick response teams have been constituted to isolate the ducks affected by H5N8 virus and cull them," District Collector Veena N Madhavan said.
The State Animal Husbandry department advised people suffering from fever or cold not to handle the birds.
It is suspected that the migratory birds which came from Siberia via Pakistan and Delhi, might have brought the virus to coastal Kerala, the statement said.