Even as the swine flu scare is yet to die down, the state government has issued an alert over avian (bird) flu. It has ordered culling of infected birds wherever cases of infection surfaces.
The central government has confirmed an outbreak of ‘highly pathogenic avian influenza’ at Sari ka purwa village in Shukla Bazaar block of Amethi.
Chief secretary Alok Ranjan has asked all district magistrates to hold meetings with the animal husbandry, health, forest departments and others to prepare strategies to prevent and tackle any infections that may occur.
He has asked for preventive and control measures following the central government’s 2012 action plan guidelines on avian influenza.
The action plan suggests special caution and surveillance around water bodies and sanctuaries where birds flock. In addition, areas within a kilometre where an infection is reported will be declared 'infected'.
Also, the administration will conduct surveillance in a 10-kilometre area in such instances.
The guidelines also recommend culling, safe disposal of culled birds, vaccination and disinfection as preventive measures and regular meetings by district administration to monitor the situation in each district.