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Bird Flu wiped out from India
Nov 13, 2013

GOI has declared the nation free from Notifiable Avian Influenza (H5N1), commonly called bird flu, and notified the same to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

People catch bird flu by close contact with birds or bird droppings. Some people have caught H5N1 from cleaning or plucking infected birds. People don't catch the virus from eating fully cooked chicken or eggs.

The country had notified the outbreak of brid flu on 5 August at College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry in Anjora and Durg and Government Poultry Farm, at Jagdalpur, both in Chhattisgarh.

Ministry of Agriculture has taken some prompt actions to control it. The control measures adopted in the outbreak were stamping out of entire poultry population including destruction of eggs, feed, litters and other infected materials in the radius of 1 k.m. around the outbreak location, restriction on movement of poultry, disinfection and cleaning up of infected premises and subsequently issuing of the Post Operation Surveillance Plan (POSP). 

Even though India is free from bird flu, regular surveillance will be continued throughout the country, especially in the vulnerable areas bordering infected countries and in areas visited by migratory birds. 

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