Imphal, Jan 13 (DIPR)
Veterinary Minister Oinam Lukhoi Singh has today declared that there is no case of Bird Flu in Manipur as of now but preventive measures and immediate steps for active target surveillance against the disease have been taken up by the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry.
Speaking to the media, Lukhoi stated that as a precautionary measure, the Government has already imposed a “temporary ban on entry of poultry and poultry products such as eggs, meat and live birds including ducks, guinea fowls, turkey and quails” to the State through all the National Highway and Airport in view of the reported outbreak of Bird Flu in other parts of the country. These measures were taken up to prevent escalation of the disease in Manipur.
Lukhoi also mentioned that Veterinary Department has set up Rapid Response Team (RRT) in all the districts with the collaboration of Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and District Veterinary Officers of the border districts shall take all required steps to stop the movement of birds and eggs.
During the briefing, the Veterinary Minister also informed that the contagious African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in Salungpham area in Thoubal district and Nongmaiching Chingkhong (Wakha) area in Imphal East. He assured that the situation is under control. As such, the district administration of Thoubal in its order issued on January 2, under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Contagious Diseases in Animals Act 2009, notified “controlled areas” for ASF at Kangyambem, Lokchao, Salungpham Mamang Leikai.
Ban on sale of pig, pork, feed and related items in these “controlled area” and “infected zones” has been enforced apart from restricting the movement of pigs, Lukhoi added.