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Govt fully alert, no case in MP

THE STATE Government machinery has swung into full action since Saturday night following confirmation of some bird flu cases in neighbouring Maharashtra. However, about 24 hours into the monitoring, Commissioner of veterinary services Rajesh Rajora said that no case of immature death of any poultry or bird has been reported from anywhere in the State due to bird flu and there is no cause of panic.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 11:12 IST

THE STATE Government machinery has swung into full action since Saturday night following confirmation of some bird flu cases in neighbouring Maharashtra. However, about 24 hours into the monitoring, Commissioner of veterinary services Rajesh Rajora said that no case of immature death of any poultry or bird has been reported from anywhere in the State due to bird flu and there is no cause of panic.

A high-level committee on emergency situation in avian influenza (bird flu) has been constituted under the chairmanship of Agriculture Production Commissioner Iqbal Ahmed, which met on Sunday. The situation during the last 24 hours was monitored and evaluated in the committee.

Rapid action cullers’ and vaccination teams have been constituted for emergency provisions. Nearly 1000 veterinary surgeons and 4500 veterinary field officers have been pressed into service. Strict vigil is being maintained on all poultry transport from Maharashtra border.

Sources said that the transport has been actually totally stopped. Senior officials are in constant touch with the HSADL authorities and it has been reconfirmed that no samples from MP have yet tested bird flu positive.

Rajora mentioned that a set of simultaneous actions has been initiated to ensure that no case of disease or death of birds in the State goes unnoticed, and there is no spillover of infection in the State, particularly from the affected neighbour Maharashtra.

During the last 24 hours, 260 calls were received at the Bhopal Control Room on bird flu, but no death of birds was reported, he said.

The Commissioner mentioned that joint teams of veterinary and revenue officials have been dispatched to inspect the 400- odd poultry farms in various parts of the State during the last 24 hours.

These teams would ensure that bio-safety norms are strictly implemented at the farms. The norms include change of clothes by the handlers of poultry, compulsory washing of hands after handling, wearing masks while working and so on.

Meanwhile, for any kind of emergency two rapid action cullers’ teams and two rapid action vaccination teams have been constituted. These teams would be pressed into action if any case were reported. Rajora said that poultry or birds need not be vaccinated as preventive measure unless any positive case is reported.

The Central Government has told the State Government that vaccines would be provided immediately if positive case were reported.

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Nearly 1000 veterinary surgeons and 4500 veterinary field officers have been pressed into service. Strict vigil is being maintained on all poultry transport from Maharashtra border.

As many as 375 samples from poultry have been collected from the districts bordering Maharashtra during the last 24 hours and would be sent out to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory.