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Bird flu:  AP govt sounds warning following outbreak of bird flu in some states

Following the outbreak of bird flu in some states, Andhra Pradesh government has sounded warning asking the animal husbandry officials to keep a close watch on migratory birds and poultry for any symptoms of the disease. The forest authorities are keeping a close watch on migratory birds in all protected areas across the state where birds congregate in large numbers.

A close observation is done at the bird sanctuaries like Kolleru, Coringa, Telineelapuram, Telukunchi, Nelapattu, Pulikat, Uppalapadu  and  other places in Andhra Pradesh. The State Government is monitoring the situation as Avian Influenza spreads fast; forest authorities have already directed all the Divisional level forest Officers to keep a close watch on bird sanctuaries.

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However, Dr. Amarendra Kumar, Director, Department of Animal Husbandry, clarified that there is no bird flu in Andhra Pradesh and people need not worry. Only a few States like Kerala, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have bird flu cases and so far no cases of bird flu have been reported anywhere in AP, he said.

Review meetings with Officials of the Department of Animal Husbandry across the Districts in the State have been conducted and the poultry industry has also been put on high to report any cases of bird flu, he added.

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