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Chances remote for bird flu outbreak in Mizoram

Written by: Staff
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Aizawl, Feb 24 (UNI) Mizoram Animal Husbandry and Forest officials today made it clear that the chances of being infected with the avian influenza through migratory birds are very remote in the state.

Talking to UNI here today, the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary director director C Sangnghina said, ''Since the state does not have many lakes and ponds, which are the attraction of the migratory birds, the chances of H5N1 outbreak in the state looks very bleak''.

''Moreover after imposing ban on all poultry products from the neighbouring states as well as from Myanmar, the chances of getting a bird flu in the region look even remote'', he added.

''However, to be on the safer side, we have also formed a district level bird flu committee, headed by the deputy commissioner'', he said adding these committee members have already been trained well to face any eventuality in their respective region.

Mr Sangnghina also mentioned, ''Our department officials have also been instructed to be highly alert especially in the Myanmar and Bangladesh border areas to stop the illegal entry of poultry products''.

''As of now, we have collected 500 blood samples of chickens across the state, which would be sent to Bhopal tomorrow for the testing'', he said.

''We dont have any reports of bird death in the region as such'', he underlined.

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