Tripura, Mizoram sound bird flu alert after Assam outbreak

December 7th, 2008 - 1:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala/Aizawl, Dec 7 (IANS) The northeastern states of Tripura and Mizoram Sunday sounded a bird flu alert after the spread of the virus in adjoining Assam, officials said.More than 100,000 poultry were culled in Assam during the past 10 days after a bird flu outbreak in the state.

“The Mizoram government has asked traders not to import poultry and poultry products from Assam and asked its officials to maintain a close vigil along the border,” Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary C. Sangnghina said.

He said: “There are no reports of avian flu attack in Mizoram, but we cannot remain complacent.” The Tripura government also issued a similar bird flu alert.

“More than 80 Rapid Response Teams (RRT) are ready to act in case of an outbreak of bird flu in Tripura,” said Sisir Paul, deputy director of the state’s animal resource department.

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