Lucknow, Shimla, Dharamsala, Jaipur: (World View Media, Reuters, AFP)
Indian poultry dealers and sellers are facing a severe blow after an outbreak of avian influenza was reported in four states.
Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, was reported in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala, the federal government said in a statement.
Chicken shop owners on Thursday (January 07) said the Bird flu news has created panic among the customers and their sales have declined drastically.
Kerala has started culling chickens and ducks to contain the virus, while Madhya Pradesh has banned imports of poultry products from Kerala for 10 days, as per media reports.
The bird flu virus has been doing the rounds across the world for centuries and India reported its first outbreak of Avian Influenza virus in 2006. Infection to humans has never been reported in India but it is zoonotic.
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