No bird flu outbreak in Odisha, Govt monitoring situation


There is no outbreak of bird flu in Odisha as of January 6, Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra said after reviewing the possible bird flu scenario in the state.

Around 11000 samples from different areas have been tested and no case have been found positive, he said.

Mohapatra also directed to form rapid response team at state and district level for mitigating any possible outbreak. He has also directed to intensify surveillance activities.

In India, the bird flu has been reported at 12 epicenters in four states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala.

Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying of Government of India has also set up a control room in New Delhi to keep watch on the situation and to take stock on daily basis of preventive and control measures undertaken by state authorities.

In India, the disease spreads mainly by migratory birds coming into India during winter months i.e. from September – October to February – March.

India notified the first outbreak of avian influenza in 2006.  Infection in humans is not yet reported in India though the disease is zoonotic.