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Bird flu: PM urges steps to prevent epidemic

Amid bird flu scare in West Bengal and Assam, a concerned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday directed the Animal Husbandry Department to take steps to prevent the outbreak of epidemic.



New Delhi: Amid bird flu scare in West
Bengal and Assam, a concerned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Tuesday directed the Animal Husbandry Department to take steps,
in coordination with the state governments, to prevent the
outbreak of epidemic.

The Prime Minister has expressed concern over bird flu in
Assam and West Bengal, PMO sources said here.

They said Singh asked the Animal Husbandry Department to
keep a close watch on the situation and to be in constant
touch with state governments.

The Prime Minister directed the Department to closely
monitor the situation to prevent any outbreak even though the
incidence is restricted to a few villages, the sources said.

The directive comes after bird flu, or Avian influenza,
was confirmed in Nadia district in West Bengal.

The government has ordered immediate culling of birds and
destruction of eggs and feed material to control the spread of
the disease.

The West Bengal government has been asked to furnish a
daily report on the control and containment operations to the
Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

The Centre has advised ban on movement of poultry and
products in the infected area/closure of poultry and egg
markets and shops within a radius of 10 km from the infected
site.

Ban on movement of farm personnel, restricting access to
wild and stray birds, restricting access to the infected
premises, destruction of birds, disposal of dead birds and
infected materials have also been recommended.

PTI

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