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    Urgent: Bird Flu alert reminder
    morungexpress December 27, 2008 10:32:00

    Dimapur, December 26 (MExN): Another reminder to keep on full alert and surveillance against the reported spread of Avian Flu, has been issued by the state?s Veterinary & Animal Husbandry. All the DVOs, VAS and RRT members are directed to remain in full vigilance and preparedness. ?Regular visits to high-density poultry units especially in border areas, by veterinary doctors are a must for this purpose? stated a notification addressed to all the DVOs of all the districts in the state, from Director Dr. Y Yisao. ?Surveillance should include both poultry and migratory birds. For surveillance of Avian influenza, random samples are to be collected every month regularly from both commercial poultry farms and backyard poultry farms as instructed, even if there is no report of such sickness, for early detection of disease? the notification stated.
    The entire district DVOs are reminded to issue necessary direction to their subordinate officers and staff in-charge of veterinary institutions, to collect 20 serum samples every month from their districts.
    The serum samples must be submitted to the Elisa lab in Kohima through a special messenger on or before the fifth of every month positively. The samples are for submission to the North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostic laboratory in Guwahati.
    The directorate also reminded that Nagaland state shares its borders with Assam ? where the dreaded avian influenza is spreading. The DVOs are directed to remain in active surveillance for immediate response to unusual sickness or high mortality in poultry and wild birds within 24 hours of occurrence. ?In case of suspected attack of avian influenza, report immediately to the higher authority and also collect the samples as per the guidelines of action-plan. Such samples should be forward to high security animal disease laboratory in Bhopal immediately for confirmation of the disease. All DVOs should also request the DCs for imposing (ban on) inter-district movement of poultry, eggs and its products till the import of ban from Assam is shifted? the directorate stated.