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MP unaffected by bird flu: CM

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today maintained the State was unaffected by Avian Influenza but a red alert was sounded across Madhya Pradesh as a precautionary measure.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 15:07 IST
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CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today maintained the State was unaffected by Avian Influenza but a red alert was sounded across Madhya Pradesh as a precautionary measure.

“My government has directed officials to inspect poultry farms. Samples obtained from within this State have tested negative. However, import of poultry from Maharashtra has been banned,” he told mediapersons at Rewa.

A couple of bird samples from Maharashtra’s Nandurbar district have tested positive for the H5N1 strain at the City-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory.

Commissioner (Veterinary Services) Rajesh Rajora told UNI, “This State has about 400 government or private poultry farms that house more than 20,000 birds. The farms are being registered. Besides, there are roughly 1,000 farms where the number of birds is below 20,000.”

Work is being accelerated at 22 Animal Disease Labs and a committee was formed under Commissioner (Agricultural Production) Iqbal Ahmed. About 1,000 vets and 4,500 grassroot-level officials were requisitioned for monitoring.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 15:07 IST