Saturday, January 31, 2009

Alert in Uttar Pradesh after bird flu in Nepal

By IANS, [RxPG] Lucknow, Jan 30 - An alert has been sounded in various districts of Uttar Pradesh after bird flu was been detected in Jhapa district of Nepal, an official said Friday.

Several districts including Shrawasti, Bahraich, Maharajganj, Basti and Pilibhit on the India-Nepal border have been put on alert following detection of the virus in the eastern district of Nepal, deputy director of animal husbandry Khursheed Alam told IANS.

'We have also banned the import of chickens and poultry products from Nepal,' he added.

He said special monitoring committees and rapid response teams have been set up in the districts.

'Poultry farm owners have also been instructed to keep a strict vigil on chicken and provide report to veterinary officials on a regular basis,' he said.

The animal husbandry department has also been directed to contact the officers associated with the task of preventing bird flu in Assam, Bihar and West Bengal and ensure that the traders exporting birds from these states to Uttar Pradesh produce certificates testifying that the birds have not been brought from any area affected by bird flu.

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