No bird flu case in Tripura reported yet, confirms minister
By Our Correspondent, 09/01/2021, Agartala

At a time when seven states in India report confirmed cases of bird flu, the Tripura government on Saturday confirmed of having no report of flue in the state yet. Animal Resources Development Minister Santana Chakma Saturday said the state doesn’t have any case of avian influenza yet.

The state has come up in view of some few cases of poultry bird deaths at Gomati and Sepahijala districts reported recently, “These deaths were mainly due to microbial infection but apart from this the state has not yet reported any flu cases.”

“Despite it be the fact that no bird flu cases are reported in our state, but the government has taken all necessary precaution in advance to tackle any future incidents,” adding to this the minister said, “Consuming poultry meat and eggs after properly boiling them is completely safe and free from any potential health hazard.”

Tripura last experienced bird flu outbreak in April, 2012, preceded by the first cases registered here four years back in 2008, minister said. She said, “We have asked department officials to extend all possible help, provide vaccines and other timely assistance. Cleanliness and animal rearing hygiene should be maintained in the farms to ward off poultry diseases.” However, the minister also appealed to the people of the state to stay away from mongering rumor.

The Animal Resources Development Department (ARDD) Director Dr K Sashi Kumar said in a recent advisory stated, “A few suspected cases of avian influenza have been recorded in Kerala, M.P, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Gujarat. Keeping in view of the above, strict vigil and action by all the departmental functionaries should be activated to prevent any possible ingress of the avian influenza (HPAI) in the state of Tripura.”