Centre sends experts team on bird flu in Tripura

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Agartala, Jan 23: A three member expert team led by Assistant Commissioner of Ministry of Animal Resource and Milk Production Dr S P Dasgupta held a high level review meeting of bird flu threat in Tripura today.

Official sources here today said following outbreak of avian influenza in neighbouring West Bengal, Centre had sent a number expert teams to the northeast and eastern India to oversee the precautionary measures taken in the respective states.

Tripura government has sounded bird flu alert and banned poultry imports from outside though there was no report of any poultry or bird death from anywhere in Tripura, authorities were being extra cautious and made extra steps along 856 km international border with Bangladesh.

Animal Resource Development Commissioner U Venkatsharlu said that a separate bird flu control cell was set up in the state while the state government has asked the Border Security Force (BSF) to remain on maximum alert to check the smuggling of poultry products from Bangladesh.

''More than 70 Rapid Response Teams (RRT) have been fanned out all over the state to maintain a close vigil over the 6,000 poultry firms and other poultry business centres,'' he said and 291 blood samples were tested in Bhopal national laboratories for testing and found negative.


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