Bird flu: No scientific report of transmission to humans, states shouldn't curb poultry sales, says Centre

The announcement came in the wake of the Delhi government's decision to ban the sale of processed and packaged chicken brought from outside the city as a precautionary measure

Press Trust of India January 11, 2021 19:28:14 IST
Bird flu: No scientific report of transmission to humans, states shouldn't curb poultry sales, says Centre

Health workers in protective suits cull ducks after the H5N8 bird flu strain was detected, in Karuvatta of Alapuzha district some 90 Kms from Kochi on 6 January, 2021. AP

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday asked states not to close mandis or restrict sales of poultry products as there are no scientific reports of transmission of bird flu to human beings.

The outbreak of bird flu or avian influenza (AI) has been confirmed in 10 states so far.

Briefing reporters, Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Giriraj Singh said there have been no scientific reports on the transmission of bird flu to humans and consumers should not be scared.

He asked state governments, including Delhi, not to close mandis (wholesale markets) or restrict the sale of poultry products.

Singh's comments came in the wake of the Delhi government's decision to ban the sale of processed and packaged chicken brought from outside the city as a precautionary measure.

Earlier in the day, the ministry in an official statement said bird flu has been confirmed in 10 states so far and stressed increased surveillance around water bodies, live bird markets, zoos, and poultry farms.

"Till 11 January, 2021, Avian Influenza has been confirmed in 10 states of the country," the department of animal husbandry and dairying said in a statement.

The outbreak was confirmed in seven states — Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh — as on Sunday (January 10).

On Monday, bird flu was confirmed in Delhi, Uttarakhand, and Maharashtra.

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