With avian flu having raised its tentacles in the neighboring Chandigarh and subsequent alert sounded in Punjab and Haryana, Himachal Pradesh too swing into action to check the outbreak.
Animal husbandry minister Anil Sharma stated that high alert had been sounded in the state to keep a tab on avain flu. “Though no avain flu case has been reported in Himachal so far, blood samples of birds will be taken for lab test and if a case is found, necessary remedial action will be taken, he added.
As many as 90 geese have been culled in Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh to prevent the outbreak.
The animal husbandry department has already issued directives to the animal husbandry department officials in all districts in this regard.
Meanwhile, the health department has also swung into action to deal with any untoward situation.
Additional chief secretary (health) Vineet Chaudhary said, “The animal husbandry and forest departments have been directed to carry out avian flu surveillance, check preparedness and control measures.”
“Deputy commissioners have been asked to form rapid response teams as a part of preparedness to deal with any situation,” he added.
“Although avain flu is not transmitted from birds to human beings, preparedness is required to deal with an adverse situation,” he added.
Health and family welfare director Rakesh Sharma said, “We have issued fresh advisory to all chief medical officers in all districts to keep a tab on any flu like symptom in human beings.”
The department, as a routine, keeps surveillance on diseases such as swine flu, influenza etc.
He said: “There has been no case of transmission of H5N1 virus that causes avian flu in birds to human beings in the state so far.”