Central government issues national plan as bird flu creates havoc across country


New Delhi: Many states of the country are witnessing the havoc of bird flu, and the central government is gearing up to deal with the crisis.

After receiving reports of an outbreak of bird flu in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, an advisory has been issued to the states by the central government.

The central government has also prepared a national action plan to deal with the bird flu crisis. It has asked the affected states to implement this national plan. This information was given by the Union Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy on Wednesday.

The Ministry said that after the confirmation of samples from Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Disease (NIHSAD) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), there have been reports of avian influenza (AI) at 12 places in four states. .

Among them are reports of bird flu in Baran, Kota and Jhalawar in Rajasthan. Meanwhile, in Mandsaur, Indore and Malwa in Madhya Pradesh, there is a report of bird flu among crows. There are also reports of bird flu among migratory birds in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. There are also reports of bird flu among poultry ducks in Kottayam and Alapuzha in Kerala, South India.

The ministry said that advisory was issued to Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh on January 1, 2021 and prevention measures are being taken in both states as per the National Action Plan of Avian Influenza. After this, on January 5, 2021, advisory was issued to Himachal Pradesh to stop its spread in poultry. According to the report, preventive measures are being implemented in Kerala from January 5 under which the work of killing birds is going on.

The Animal Husbandry and Dairy Department of the Central Government has also set up a control room in which the status of bird flu is being reviewed from the states on a daily basis and the measures being taken for prevention.

One more point has been made by the Ministry that there is no direct evidence of AI virus being transmitted in humans by eating contaminated poultry products. However, maintaining cleanliness and hygiene and the standards of cooking and processing are effective in preventing the spread of AI virus.