The avian influenza, which had hit the duck-rearing central Kerala's
Kuttanad region, has been brought under control.
So far, as many as 1.80 lakh ducks have been culled and the operation would
be wound up on Monday with culling of another batch of 50,000 poultry.
Kerala Health Minister V S Shivakumar said the virus which was identified as
H5N1 has not hit humans so far.
Six samples collected from persons with symptoms of avian flu, but all of
them were tested negative.
However, the government has equipped the hospitals in Alappuzha to face the
situation if humans were found affected with H5N1.
Shivakumar added that government has put under observation around 3 lakh
persons and visited 80,000 households in the affected areas.
Although duck deaths have been reported from many parts of Central Kerala,
tests showed they were not due to avian influenza.
The minister said that the government would extent the financial assistance
to the affected farmers in central Kerala.