?Alert? State seals borders
FOLLOWING THE confirmation of some cases of avian influenza (bird flu) infection in poultry in neighbouring Maharashtra, entire Madhya Pradesh was put on high alert on Saturday evening. The borders with Maharashtra were sealed vis-a-vis poultry transport and thorough checking of vehicles on borders was started.india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 15:23 IST
FOLLOWING THE confirmation of some cases of avian influenza (bird flu) infection in poultry in neighbouring Maharashtra, entire Madhya Pradesh was put on high alert on Saturday evening. The borders with Maharashtra were sealed vis-à-vis poultry transport and thorough checking of vehicles on borders was started.
Section 144 of CrPC was imposed in the Badwani district, which has direct borders with Nandurbar – the district in Maharashtra from where the infection has been confirmed – to ensure that there is no entry of poultry or egg from the Sendhwa-Khetia border between two districts.
A control room was set up in Directorate of Veterinary Services in capital Bhopal so that any information on suspected cases could be informed and information sought (phone number 0755-2771933).
Meanwhile, in-charge of the Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) Dr H K Pradhan confirmed to the Hindustan Times that 12 samples of poultry from Nandurbar in Maharashtra have indeed tested positive for H5 N1 virus (bird flu virus). This is first time in country that presence of bird flu virus has been confirmed. He, however, said that there is no cause of concern and the infection could be well prevented by creating awareness.
‘No cause for panic’: At a press conference organised here, Animal Husbandry Department Principal Secretary Ranjana Choudhary said
that all measures have been taken to ensure that there is no trickle of infection into the State and urged people not to panic.
She said that samples from poultry, migratory birds and wild fowl are being continuously sent for testing to HSADL and till now none of the samples has tested positive.
In view of today’s development, she said, divisional commissioners of Indore and Ujjain divisions (near to Nandurbar border) have been asked to direct all district collectors in these divisions to hold emergency meetings before midnight and get their act regarding prevention of transport of poultry in place.
In case of any suspicion, they have been asked to immediately alert the State Animal Husbandry Department and initiate suitable action.
As per the Government of India protocol, Choudhary said, all birds in three km radius from where suspected positive samples are found are to be killed and all birds in 10 km are to be 100 per cent vaccinated.
Commissioner Veterinary Services Rajesh Rajora told the Hindustan Times that the vehicles crossing in from Maharashtra are being put to thorough scrutiny and already some vehicles carrying poultry have been stopped in Badwani district.
He said that all the district collectors have been asked to be vigilant in this matter, especially those in district bordering Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, the State Government has asked for 50,000 vaccines from the Central Government to cope up with any emergency regarding avian influenza (bird flu).
Also, the Forest Department has been urged to assist in keeping a check on the activities of the migratory birds and wild fowl.
The PS spoke to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests in this matter. However, fortunately, the migratory birds are already leaving.
12 samples of poultry from Nandurbar in Maharashtra have tested positive for H5 N1 virus. There is no cause of concern and the infection could be well prevented by creating awareness.