Bird Flu :: Bird flu in neighbouring countries, Indian govt issues alarm to states

Alarmed over incidents of dreaded bird flu in some neighbouring countries, the Indian government said it has issued an alert to states bordering the affected countries to keep a vigil on the poultry sector.

“Alert has been put on the areas close to the countries where bird flu cases have surfaced. There has been no reports of human cases from these countries so far,” Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said here at a meeting with District Collectors from 45 high Malaria endemic districts in 11 states.

He said the health, agriculture and the environment ministries are working together to ensure that the country remains free of the virus.

“There has been no bird flu cases in the country. We have asked authorities to take precautionary measures in those areas which are close to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar,” he said.

On being asked whether any advisory has been issued putting restriction on travellers coming from these affected countries, Ramadoss said “no travel advisory has been issued to restrict humans was required” as the virus has not affected the humans.

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