Thursday, August 1, 2013

India: Bird flu alert in Chattisgarh #H5N1

August 1, 2013
RAIPUR: With suspected bird flu reported in Anjora in Durg district, Chhattisgarh government has gone on high alert to prevent a possible outbreak after few samples were found positive by the Bhopal based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, country's premier lab under the Indian Veterinary Research Institute ( IVRI).

"There are large number of birds at the veterinary college in Anjora in Durg district. Some samples were sent to Bhopal laboratory after the local officials suspected flu. We have received a verbal communication that these samples tested positive for bird flu," state agriculture minister Chandrasekhar Sahu told TOI. 

"We are awaiting a detailed report. However, we have initiated steps to prevent the possible spread of avian flu. Livestock officials of the districts have been directed to maintain a strict vigil," he said adding, "Once we receive the report with official confirmation about the bird flu, we will initiate further steps as per the procedures and guidelines laid down to deal with the situation." 

Sahu said export of chicken and chicken related items from within 1km radius of the affected area concerned would be stopped until further notice and if necessary, culling of birds and destroying eggs would be carried out after issuing a notification. "Chicken droppings as manure from those points would also be stopped to prevent spread of disease," he added. 

The minister said an alert has been sounded to keep a close watch on the birds with any possible symptoms of avian flu in other areas as a precautionary measure. 

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