Poultry trade in bird flu affected area banned
The government has also decided to step up its campaign in the affected Nandurbar district to make people aware of deadly avian flu.india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 18:18 IST
The Maharashtra government said Monday it had decided to ban trade of all poultry products in a 10 km radius of the bird flu affected area to contain the spread of the global disease.
The government has also decided to step up its campaign in the affected Nandurbar district to make people aware of deadly avian flu influenza, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
"All poultry trade within the 10 km radius of the affected area has been banned with immediate effect as part of our precautionary measures," Deshmukh told a press conference after making an aerial survey of the district.
"This is just a temporary measure and the ban would be lifted as soon as things become normal. We don't want to take any chance at this stage," he added.
The chief minister said efforts to identify and examine poultry workers in Navapur village of Nandurbar district, some 300 km away from the state capital, have been stepped up in an effort to fight the global disease.
India's first confirmed case of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza was reported from Navapur.
Known to spread to human beings, the H5N1 strain of bird flu has so far resulted in nearly 100 human casualties across Southeast Asia, mostly in Vietnam. It has so far been reported in seven countries.
Deshmukh said the exercise to cull thousands of chickens in the affected area was continuing and that the poultry traders were being offered some compensation from the state exchequer to help them tide over the losses.
"The culling exercise is being properly supervised by the state authorities as well as the experts team of the central government. Our priority is to ensure that infected birds don't go out of the district," he said.
The chief minister reiterated that no human deaths had so far been reported due to avian flu influenza from any parts of the state.
"We are keeping a close watch on the labourers who were in contact with the birds in the Navapur village. A total of 72 samples have been sent for testing from the affected area," he said.