Govt declares country free from bird flu

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 12, 2013, 22:30 PM IST

New Delhi: The government today declared the country free from bird flu and has notifed the same to OIE-world organisation for animal health.

The country had notified the outbreak of brid flu on August 5 at College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry in Anjora and Durg and Government Poultry Farm, at Jagdalpur, both in Chhattisgarh.

"India has declared itself free from Notifiable Avian Influenza (H5N1), commonly called bird flu, and notified the same to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)," an official statement.

After the outbreak, authorities have stamped out the entire poultry population including destruction of eggs, feed, litters and other infected materials in the radius of one km around the outbreak location.

Besides it, there were restriction on movement of poultry, disinfection and cleaning up of infected premises.

Even though India is free from bird flu, regular surveillance to be continued throughout the country, especially in vulnerable areas bordering infected countries and in areas visited by migratory birds, the statement added.