The statement said that the states still untouched by avian influenza (AI) have also been requested to be vigilant about the sudden death of birds and inform them immediately so that necessary steps can be taken in the shortest possible time. Central teams have been formed to visit the affected states of Kerala, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, which will monitor the situation and conduct necessary epidemiological investigations.
Livestock and Dairy Department gave these suggestions to the affected states
The government said that ICAR-Nishad confirmed avian influenza infection in two poultry firms in Panchkula, Haryana after examining the samples. Bird flu has been confirmed in migratory birds in Junagadh district of Gujarat as well as among crows in Sawai Madhopur, Pali, Jaisalmer and Mohar districts of Rajasthan. Therefore, the Department of Livestock and Dairy has suggested to the affected states to control the disease as per the action plan. The statement said, ’16 birds have also been reported accidental deaths in the DDA Park of Hastasal Village in Delhi. Taking a precautionary measure, the Livestock Department of Delhi has sent the samples to ICAR-Nishad and is awaiting the inquiry report. The government said that awareness of disease is very important among poultry farmers and common people (consumers of eggs and chicken).
“The communication of the Secretary of the Department of Livestock and Dairy related to instilling confidence in the consumption of chicken and eggs has been sent to the Health Ministry,” the statement said. The statement said that the Ministry of Health has been requested to issue adequate consultations in this regard so as to rein in the rumors and build trust between the people for the consumption of eggs and chicken. In addition, states have been requested to raise awareness about poultry or poultry products that are safe to boil or cook. The central government has assured to provide assistance in this matter.