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Bird Flu: Meghalaya bans import of poultry via western border of Assam

SHILLONG: Amid the spread of the avian influenza (or bird flu) across the country, the Meghalaya government has announced the ban on the import of poultry, eggs and unprocessed poultry meat through the western border of Assam.

In an order issued by the state animal husbandry and veterinary department on Tuesday read that the in a bid to contain the spread of bird flu, a ban on sale and import of poultry has been imposed with immediate effect. The ban will be in force until further orders.

In addition, the Meghalaya government announced that not a single case of bird flu has been reported yet.

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Bird flu cases have also been confirmed in Delhi, Kerala, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

In Kerala, tens of thousands of birds were culled last week after 12,000 ducks died and the H5N8 strain of Avian Influenza was confirmed in parts of Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.

In Haryana, culling of over 1.6 lakh birds at five poultry farms began in Panchkula district, news agency PTI said. Over four lakh were found dead across the state in the past two-three weeks.

Bird flu, also called avian influenza, is a viral infection that can infect not only birds, but also humans and other animals. Most forms of the virus are restricted to birds. H5N1 is the most common form of bird flu.

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