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Bird Flu: Centre Asks States to Maintain Sufficient Stock of PPE Kits

A culling group at Pallippad in Kuttanad area of Alappuzha district after chook flu circumstances have been reported. (Photo: News18)

Till Monday, chook flu outbreak was confirmed in 10 states Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat.

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  • Last Updated: January 12, 2021, 19:49 IST
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The Centre on Tuesday mentioned it has issued advisories to states concerning testing protocols for chook flu and in addition requested them to take care of enough inventory of PPE kits and equipment required for culling operations. Till Monday, chook flu outbreak was confirmed in 10 states — Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat.

“Till 12 January 2021, additional cases of Avian Influenza (H5N8) has been confirmed among dead crows in HCL-Khetri Nagar in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan,” the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying mentioned in a press release. Avian influenza (H5N1) has additionally been confirmed in lifeless crows and pelican in zoological park, Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in addition to in lifeless crows in Jagnoli and Fatehpur village in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The affirmation of avian influenza (H5N1) in poultry pattern from Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh has been acquired on Tuesday from NIHSAD (National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal), it added.

“The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying has issued advisory on testing protocol to states, encouraging them to undertake screening at state level ensuring suitable bio secure facilities,” the assertion mentioned. A central group has been deputed to go to Maharashtra and Gujarat to watch the epicentres of avian influenza outbreak in these states.

“Constant efforts to generate awareness about Avian Influenza and how to deal with the situation is being shared among the general public through various media platforms including social media platforms like twitter,” the assertion mentioned. The ministry mentioned states have been suggested to take care of enough inventory of PPE kits and equipment required for culling operations.

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