January 7th – On January 6th, more than 50 crows were reported to have died strangely in several parts of Rajasthan, India. Officials took samples to determine whether it was caused by avian influenza.
According to the Indian Newspaper Trust, of the many crow deaths on the 6th, 27 were found in Setrawa near Jodhpur, and some were found in the village of Kru near Jodhpur.
Later, more than 20 crow bodies were also found in three different places in the Farodi Lake District. A dozen crows had died in the previous day in the lake. Earlier, a crow carcasses sample sent from Jodhpur to the National Institute of Advanced Safe Animal Diseases were tested negative for avian influenza.
According to the report, thousands of feather cranes appeared in the Farodi Lake District at the time of a series of crow deaths in Palodi. Saiwalam Mali, the caretaker of the birds, said that no feathered cranes had recently been found to have died of any disease.
Rajesh Sharma, a district official in Jodhpur, asked the livestock, forestry and health departments to submit an action plan within one week to deal with the situation.
In response to the avian influenza epidemic, Sharma also set up a special alert and monitoring team. The team is composed of officials from these three departments, as well as officials from the police and local agencies.
With the new cases reported in the Savai Maddopur area on the 6th, the bird flu has spread in five districts of Rajasthan. There are also four districts: Jalawal, Kota, Balan and Jaipur.