The first positive cases of bird flu in Navi Mumbai were reported from Mahape and Ghansoli.
On January 25, a total of 10 samples including six poultry — two from Mahape and four from Ghansoli — were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune. Reports of all those sent from Mahape and Ghansoli have been found positive for H5N1.
“The report came on Saturday night, and on Sunday, the Thane Collector issued a notification to cull the birds within a radius of one km of the farms in Mahape and Ghansoli from where the samples tested positive. The people who handled the poultry will also be screened and the area has been sanitised,” Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said.
Around 95 birds in Ghansoli and 192 in Mahape have been culled.