Alappuzha: The Kerala government declared bird flu as a state calamity. The government's decision came after high alert was issued in Kottayam and Alappuzha districts.
The bird flu was confirmed in Nedumudi, Karuvatta, Thakazhi and Pallipad panchayats of Alappuzha and in the 14th ward of Kottayam Neendoor panchayat.
Alappuzha and Kottayam have been put on high alert, state Animal husbandry minister K. Raju said.
He said at least 50,000 ducks will be culled to check the spread of the virus and the government will compensate farmers.
Fresh cases were detected after ducks started dying in large numbers, Alappuzha district veterinary officer K. Lekha said. Later tests at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal confirmed the presence of the virus in dead birds.
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