India declares itself free from Avian Influenza or Bird Flu

Avian Influenza
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Here is a good news for all the chicken lovers and health conscious people in India. In a recent communication to the media, the Ministry of Agriculture declared that from highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1 and H5N8), which is also known as bird flu.

Earlier between October-2016 to February-2017, there were reports of the upsurge of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza as an epidemic at some major Indian cities such as Delhi, Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Hissar (Haryana), Gwalior (MP), Rajpura (Punjab),  Bellary (Karnataka), Allappuzha and Kottayam (Kerala),  Daman (Daman) along with Khordha and Angul (Odisha). This issue affected the poultry industry badly as people avoided having chicken and eggs in the fear of this influenza. These food items were the carriers of the said virus to the human body.

The Government of India notified the outbreaks of Avian Influenza to World Organisation for Animal Health(OIE), a part of WHO. It also carried out control and containment operations as per the Action Plan on Preparedness, Control, and Containment of Avian Influenza.

In line with the control measures, India implemented a comprehensive surveillance operation throughout the country and around the areas of the outbreaks since completion of the operation (including culling, disinfection, and clean-up).surveillance in the states showed no evidence of

Eventually, the surveillance did not show any evidence of the presence of Avian Influenza. In view of the above, the Government has made it public that India is free from Avian Influenza (H5N8 and H5N1) from 6 June 2017. The same has been to the OIE.