DIMAPUR, JANUARY 7: In view of the recent ingress of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the country, especially in Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, the State Directorate of Animal Husbandry &Veterinary Services has issued advisory for preparedness, control and containment of Avian Influenza, which is caused by H5N8, an Influenza Type- A virus.
The DoAH&VS requested public to report unusual sickness and mortality of poultry birds, ducks, pet birds to the nearest Veterinary Health Centre. It requested public not to handle and consume such poultry birds/ducks, which have died suddenly. However, it is safe to consume healthy poultry birds/ducks/turkeys, etc.
Poultry owners have been requested not to mix outside (unknown source) live poultry birds/ducks into his/her stock to prevent transmission of diseases, while poultry entrepreneurs/farmers/businessmen, etc importing eggs, day old chicks/ducklings, live birds/ducks, etc into the State have been asked to mandatorily produce the State of origin and refrain from importing such stocks from diseased outbreak and its neighbouring states.
The Government also directed all CVOs to issue “Red Alert” notice to all subordinate officers, field officers, staff and village functionaries on the ingress of the disease in the country and impress upon them a strong disease reporting system within respective district through education and communication campaign and familiarize the public about the risk to avian and human population.
All CVOs have been asked to coordinate with Forest and Wild Life Department on the status of wild birds. Those CVOs having water bodies in the district, which are visited by migratory birds have been asked to be extra vigilant.
The advisories also directed all CVOs to activate their existing Rapid Response Team (RRT), while all RRTs are to have direct connection with the grass root level for a 2-way communication. All CVOs have been asked to contact the control room at the Directorate Office for Avian Influenza (HPAI) related matters and also ELISA Laboratory, Kohima, for further surveillance and sample collection.
(Page News Service)