India declares itself free from highly pathogenic avian influenza

While the outbreaks of avian influenza were reported earlier at various epicentres across India, the latest surveillance system has concluded that no virus has been found there

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New Delhi: India has declared itself free from Avian Influenza (H5N8 and H5N1) from 6th June, 2017 and notified the same to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
India had earlier reported outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza at various epicenters in Delhi, Gwalior (MP), Rajpura (Punjab), Hissar (Haryana), Bellary (Karnataka), Allappuzha and Kottayam (Kerala), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Daman (Daman) and Khordha and Angul (Odisha) during October, 2016 to February, 2017.
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) and surveillance in the states showed no evidence of presence of Avian Influenza Virus.
All the outbreaks of Avian Influenza (HPAI) mentioned above were notified to OIE and the control and containment operations were carried out as per the Action Plan on Preparedness, Control and Containment of Avian Influenza.