No chance of Bird Flu hitting TN: Anbumani

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Chennai, Jan 20 (UNI) Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss today allayed fears of the people of Tamil Nadu and said there was no chance of the dreaded Bird flu hitting the state.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, he said there was no need for any panic of avian flu hitting the state.

''All necessary steps have been taken to prevent the spread of Bird flu in West Bengal'', he said adding ''already lakhs of affected birds had been culled.'' Asked why it was not possible to prevent spread of avian flu, he said migrating birds from Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar and other countries carry the deadly H5N1 virus.

''The Central and State governments had taken all steps to bring the situation under control'', he added.

On making pictorial warnings mandatory on tobacco products, Dr Ramadass said it would be implemented by March.

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