Tripura sounds alert for farm surveillance amid bird flu scare
Agartala: Amid bird flu scare, Tripura government has sounded alert to keep a strict vigil and watch out for any unusual mortality, sickness in birds (poultry, ducks and wild migratory birds).
In an advisory issued by the Animal Resources Development department (ARDD), director Dr K Sashi Kumar on Thursday said, "States like Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh have reported unusual bird mortality due to highly-pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). But in northeast India, we are yet to report any death. Alert has been sounded across the state with instructions to keep a vigil. There is nothing to panic as bird’s death takes place due to other diseases too, which is curable”, Kumar said.
The ARDD has requested to ensure that the surveillance work and Bio-security are carried out as per the surveillance plan on Avian Influenza. Collection of samples from the suspected cases, cloacal swab, tracheal swab, excreta as under regular sero-surveillance work, should be strengthened.
“Extensive education information and communication campaign along with forest personal to inform all concerned including general public on the perceived threat of blood flu and of the steps to be taken to prevent its spread and in case any symptoms or any unusual mortality are noticed, to report the same to the concerned authorities without any loss of time”, the memorandum copy handed over to EastMojo informed.
Its memo copy also cited that a rapid response team (RRTs) should be formed as per the requirement with a target to complete control and containment operation in the quickest possible time, in case of laboratory results confirm any outbreak.
All farms, including pig farms, are suggested to maintain all required regular sanitation procedures with a strong veridical disinfectant like "lugaquat-125“ as per recommended doses.
Meanwhile, a duck farm in Dhakaibari Manipuri Basti area under Sepahijala district reported 60 unusual deaths.
ARDD department officials collected samples and forwarded them for testing in a laboratory at Agartala.
“At least 50 ducks have died all of a sudden in the farm mysteriously. The ducks had started laying eggs. I suffered a loss of over Rs 30,000”, Bikash Sinha, owner of the farm said.