Bird flu: Nadda speaks to Chandy; deputes team to institute response measures in Kerala

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014,21:30 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The Union Health Ministry today deputed a central team comprising clinicians and public health specialists to Kerala to institute surveillance and response measures in the wake of bird flu outbreak in the state. Union Health Minister J P Nadda has also spoken to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the issue and assured him all assistance to deal with it.
The team which has been deputed will also submit a report. The Union Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF) has notified an outbreak of Avian Influenza (H5N1) among poultries in the state of Kerala. The Department of Animal Husbandry has instituted a series of measures including culling of birds, safe disposal and sanitisation to mitigate the risk to humans.
Kerala state authorities have started culling all ducks and poultry in Kuttanad, where nearly 20,000 ducks died from avian influenza recently. As a matter of abundant caution, state government has implemented contingency plan for active surveillance of suspect human cases.