Following reports of a bird flu scare in Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh has banned the import of chicken, eggs and all forms of poultry from other states. The state government has also ordered thorough inspection of all poultry units across the state.
Chief Veterinary Officer Vipin Kumar Agarwal confirmed the same and said that the veterinary doctors of the state government were sensitised with regard to the matter. R.P. Singh, director of the animal husbandry department said that till further notice, import of chicken and eggs from other states has been completely banned. This has been necessitated after reports of bird flu filtered in from other parts of the country. The state government has ordered the sampling of all chickens and formation of Rapid Action teams in all districts to ensure vaccination. (Bird Flu Scare in Chandigarh, Duck Sample Tests Positive)
Recently, a sample of a duck found dead at the famous Sukhna lake tested positive for the H5N1 (avian flu) virus. Before this, nearly 2.60 lakh ducks have been culled since November after the outbreak of H5NI virus in three affected districts of Kerala. (Kerala: Nearly 2.6 Lakh Ducks Culled)