Red alert to face bird flu likely
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Shekhar Tripaty

The government has been carrying out allout efforts to resist the bird flu throughout the country.

A number of steps have already been taken to face the probable menace. Sources said monitoring cell has been opened at the office of the Deputy Commissioner in each district.

Special task force has been formed. BDR patrol in the border areas has been geared up, importation of all kinds of poultry through India and Myanmmar borders has been prohibited, propaganda to create awareness among the people is being made and the masses are being urged not to be panicked.

Besides, the government is mulling to declare red alert as a drastic measure to face this catastrophe if necessary. According to the official figure the country has 1.50 lakh poultry farms and a panic of bird flu has been spread all over, although, infection of bird flu in hundred farms has so far been informed.

About 3.50 lakh cocks in 134 farms have already been killed and as a result the poultry farmers who invested a huge amount are being frustrated. If it is not controlled now, it would be spread all over the country in an epidemic form.

And at the same time it would not only cause a huge economic loss but also thousands of people involved in this industry would be jobless. Ministry of Livestock sources said the price of cock, duck and pigeon has been reduced in the market.

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