The bird flu has left an impact on the poultry industry in Bokaro and Ranchi where chicken and eggs have disappeared from wholesale and retail markets.
Apart from pollotarians who eat chicken and eggs and not any other red meat like mutton and pork, owners of restaurants and hotels were cribbing in the capital city of Jharkhand where neither egg nor chicken was available in the open market.
Reports claim that the state administration officials have banned the sale of poultry chicken and eggs for the next three months in affected areas of Bokaro and Ranchi.
This, however, has not totally stopped the sale and purchase of chicken and egg. Black marketing is learnt to open in local colonies of tribal inhabited areas where each egg was available at Rs 8 and chicken at Rs 1000 a kg.
Reports indicate that bird flu was spreading from urban to rural areas. A 3- member team has been deployed by the state health department.
Notably, a central team that took stock of the situation in Ranchi after a bird flu outbreak had expressed “ satisfaction over the protocol and standard operating procedures followed by the state government to contain the spread of the disease.
Earlier, 96 birds were culled, and 5,320 eggs were destroyed in the epicenter of the outbreak near old jail road areas in Ranchi and Bokaro where the outbreak was reported on March 3-4.
H5N1, a type of avian influenza virus, was confirmed among poultry near the old jail area under the jurisdiction of the Ranchi Municipal Corporation.