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India declares itself free from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza


India has declared itself free from Avian Influenza (H5N8 and H5N1) from June 6, 2017 and notified the same to OIE.

By Team ABLE

India had earlier reported outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza at various epicenters in Delhi, Gwalior (MP), Rajpura (Punjab), Hissar (Haryana), Bellary (Karnataka), Allappuzha and Kottayam (Kerala), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Daman (Daman) and Khordha and Angul (Odisha) between October 2016 and February 2017.

All the outbreaks of Avian Influenza (HPAI) mentioned above were notified to OIE and the control and containment operations were carried out as per the Action Plan on Preparedness, Control and Containment of Avian Influenza, says the press release from the Health Ministry.

Surveillance was carried out throughout the country and around the areas of the outbreaks since completion of the operation (including culling, disinfection and clean-up) and surveillance in the states showed no evidence of presence of Avian Influenza Virus.

In view of the above, the press release strongly indicates that India has declared itself free from Avian Influenza (H5N8 and H5N1) from June 6, 2017 and notified the same to OIE.