New Delhi: Indian states sharing a border with Bangladesh were particularly at risk of avian influenza or bird flu, Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said. As long as Bangladesh remains in the grip of avian influenza, India will also be affected; Pawar told the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry.
Reiterating the central government`s determination to prevent avian influenza, the minister said a comprehensive programme of surveillance against the disease has been undertaken. "Significant steps have been taken to upgrade the laboratory infrastructure," he said. IANS