UP alert over Bird Flu: people asked to ignore rumours

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Lucknow, Jan 18 (UNI) Even as the eastern parts of the country were gappling with the outbreak of Bird Flu, Uttar Pradesh government has issued an high alert to prevent this epidemic in the state.

However, there was no report of the disease in the state so far, officials claimed and appealed to the people not to pay attention to rumours.

UP Forest department has put all the 13 bird sanctuaries of the state on the watch list, following the outbreak of the Bird Flu in the country.

In a directive sent to all the 70 districts, state chief secretary P K Mishra has asked the district magistrates and divisional commissioners to be alert and inform the government about such incident immediately.

All the DMs have been asked to carry out regular checking in the poultry and farms both of government and private owners.

'' If there is sudden death of the poultry stock, then the serum samples of the dead bird should be sent to the Animal Disease Laboratory at Bhopal, '' Mr Mishra said.

Meanwhile, state principal secretary (animal husbandry) R M Srivastava said here today that a state level task force had been constituted to deal with the situation, in case therewould be an outbreak of Avian Flu in the state.

'' All the districts, animal husbandary officials have also been asked to set up task force in their respective areas,'' he added.

The official said the government has established a disease control cell, while on the direction of the centre serum samples of the poultry stock is being sent for regular test.

Mr Srivastava said till date, about 4,800 samples have been sent to Bhopal but none have been tested positive for the Bird Flu.

Officials maintained that the migratory birds are being closely watched in the state as they could be the viable carrier of the infection.

However, the news about the outbreak of the Bird Flu has started hitting the poultry sales with Uttar Pradesh Polutry Association claiming that the sale of poultry products has dropped by 20 per cent in the last two days.

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