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    Surveillance of Avian Influenza in the country - Regarding : Letters to the Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests from the Deputy Commissioner (LH) dated 2nd December, 2004

    F. No.50-91/2003-LDT (AQ)
    Government of India
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying

    Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi.
    Dated the 2nd December, 2004.

    To

    The Secretary,
    Ministry of Environment & Forests,
    Paryavaran Bhawan,
    CGO Complex,
    Lodhi Road,
    NEW DELHI – 110 003.

    Sir,

    Sub: Surveillance of Avian Influenza in the country - Regarding.

    recent review of the reports by FAO and OIE of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) suggests that the virus continues to circulate in South East Asia and that the occurrence of the disease continues unabated. A large number of migratory birds travel to India during the winter season from Siberia and other colder regions of the world. As the winter is more favourable for the spread of HPAI infection, there is a need to be vigilant about the disease.

    The Department has taken necessary steps to check the ingress of the disease by banning imports of poultry and poultry products from these countries and also the States have been advised to be vigilant and take all precautionary measures including surveillance of the disease.

    As the disease may spread through migratory birds, I am directed to say that the wildlife management may also be requested to be vigilant about this disease and in case of any eventuality/death of wild birds due to some unknown reasons, the morbid material from such birds may also be sent to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal for confirmation.

    Yours faithfully,

    (A. B. Negi)
    Dy. Commissioner (LH)