After bird flu cases were confirmed in a poultry farm in Panchkula in Haryana, the district administration has issued an advisory citing bird flu scare across the district.
However, bird flu infection has not been confirmed yet in the district, the officials said.
According to the administration officials, instructions have been given across the district that information related with sick or dead birds should be reported to the animal husbandry department immediately.
The officials claimed that there is no danger in eating well-cooked chicken or eggs because according to experts, this virus is killed at 70 degree temperature. The administration has also issued advisory for the poultry farms and people involved in the poultry business.
The advisory states that no person should come in direct contact with the chickens and use gloves or any other protective device. Do not touch birds' feathers and mucus. In case of touching due to any reason, immediately wash hands thoroughly with soap and keep chickens in the enclosure. Kill the infected birds safely.
On the other hand, Civil Surgeon Dr. Virender Yadav also explained the officials concerned to prevent bird flu and gave them necessary guidelines on Wednesday.
The civil surgeon said that all the health workers must work actively in their respective fields and immediately inform the officials of the Animal Husbandry Department if any bird's accidental death is reported.
“Infections of the sick bird mucus and feathers can spread it to humans, although there has been no case of this disease spreading from birds to humans in India so far. It’s main symptoms are the same as normal flu, which include breathing problems, high fever and cold," he said.
Mentioning the precautions, the civil surgeon said that these days’ people should avoid contact with chickens and sick birds even the dead birds they should be buried safely.
“For the prevention of bird flu, a work is being done in mutual coordination with the Department of Animal Husbandry, Wildlife and Veterinary Surgeons so that the situation of bird flu can be dealt with. A rapid response team has been formed for bird flu prevention and sampling,” Yadav said.