In view of transportation of poultry and related products between Rajasthan and Delhi, the state government on Friday issued necessary directions to the field officers and asked them to take “precautionary measures” to check its likely outbreak in the state. Principal secretary of Rajasthan Animal Husbandry department K L Meena on Friday asked the officials to comply with the action plans prepared by the Government of India—Avian Influenza Contingency Plan(2005)and Action Plan on Preparedness, Control and Containment of Avian Influenza(2015)—in case of a possible outbreak.
Besides creating awareness among the people about the disease, he directed the officials to coordinate with the forest department and conduct a survey on the recent deaths of birds in forest areas, sanctuaries and national parks.
The Delhi zoo was shut down on Tuesday after the deaths of nine water birds from Avian Influenza. Several bird deaths were also reported in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and Bidar in Karnataka.