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Highlights:

  • As of Wednesday, 13 states confirmed the cases of Avian Influenza. 
  • States have been asked in the meeting to manage influenza in their respective States. 
  • States asked to stop the spread of the infection in poultry as the economy of poultry farmers can be affected. 
  • States have been generating awareness about influenza via advertisements and seminars.  

As of Wednesday, January 13, ten states have confirmed cases of Avian Influenza. Cases of unnatural bird mortality have been reported in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir and 4 districts of Jharkhand.

A VC was organized on January 12 under the chairmanship of Secretary, DAHD, which was organized by 17 states. In the meeting, the states had been asked to manage the spread of Avian Influenza in their respective states by following the Action Plan of 2021. States have been asked to coordinate with the department of health and forest to better handle the situation.

They have been directed to maintain a sufficient supply of protective equipment and maintain biosecurity measures in poultry farms. Directions have also been given to States to identify BSL-II labs at State levels so that the identification of the infection can be speedily done in the State due to which a timely mechanism can be introduced. 

In the meeting, the States have been also asked to ensure that the infection does not spread in the poultry as it will hamper the economy of poultry farmers. Several States have already banned the supply of poultry and poultry products from other states. The several States are generating activities via advertisements and seminars for spreading awareness. States have been encouraged to continue spreading awareness with support from their state Directorate of Information and Public Relations and were assured about the availability of funds for such activities.

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