New Delhi, Jan. 23 -- The outbreak of avian influenza, also known as bird flu, has been confirmed in poultry birds in as many as nine States across the country, and in crows, migratory/wild birds in a dozen-odd 12 states, the Union Ministry of Animal Husbandry informed on Friday.

In Rajasthan, bird flu has been confirmed in 17 districts of Rajasthan.

As many as 6,290 birds have been found dead in the state between December 25, 2020, and January 22, 2021, the state Animal Husbandry Department informed.

In Punjab, 11,200 birds were culled at the Alfa Poultry Farm in village Bhera in Derabassi, Aashika Jain Additional Deputy Commissioner told a news agency.

About a hundred men were engaged in the operation who worked for around eight hours...