A country holding the world’s 2nd largest population is bound to have diseases and infections. When we talk about citizens of a country, their habitat and living comes into play.
To our surprise, the government on Thursday declared the country free from avian influenza, commonly called bird flu.
The outbreak of bird flu, an infectious viral disease, was reported at various epicenters in nine states and union territories during October 2016 and February 2017. Those states were Delhi, Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), Rajpura (Punjab), Hissar (Haryana), Bellary (Karnataka), Allappuzha and Kottayam (Kerala), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Daman (Daman) and Khordha and Angul in Odisha.
Union Agriculture Ministry said that,
India has declared itself free from Avian Influenza (H5N8 and H5N1) from June 6, 2017 and notified the same to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
These outbreaks were notified to OIE and control and containment operations were carried out as per the “Action plan on preparedness, control and containment of Avian Influenza,” said the official release.
“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). Surveillance in the states showed no evidence of presence of Avian Influenza virus,” said the ministry while justifying its action.
Because of the poor health and infection in animals, UAE and Hong Kong had put a halt on their import of poultry products from India but other nations such as USA, Saudi Arabia, Japan, UAE and Germany are again back to importing poultry from India.
As per today, India is the world’s fifth largest producer of eggs and eighteenth largest producer of broilers. A lot of money flows in country through the export of poultry.
The World Organisation for Animal Health has 181 member countries and it keeps a strict check on the health of animals and proposes best practices for their improvement based on the resources and climate of each country.