AMARAVATI: Stating that the government is fully geared up to tackle the bird flu if at all the virus spreads into the state, minister for animal husbandry, Seediri Appalaraju, said no part of the state has witnessed any cases yet. The minister also said that experts have found that bird flu was not the reason for the death of crows in Guntur and Srikakulam districts.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the minister said that they have constituted special teams to monitor the situation. “We have constituted 829 special teams consisting veterinary doctor, two para veterinary assistants and two attendants in each team,” said Appalaraju.
He said that additional teams have also been set up depending on the poultries in each district. He said that additional teams ranging between 40-140 were set up in Nellore, Guntur, East Godavari and West Godavari districts which were reporting highest number of migration of birds from other states. He said that they have also issued instructions to district collectors to monitor the situation whether the migratory birds could result in the spread of the virus.
He said that special teams have been directed to make frequent field visits and take inputs from the managements of the poultries. He said that the veterinary doctors have also been asked to inspect the poultries to get a first-hand information.
“No case of bird flu was reported in the state. However, we do not want to take chances as the state is just limping back to the normalcy after recovering from the Covid-19,” said the minister. He asked people not to panic about the spread of the bird flu. The minister said that they have also set up a state-level monitoring team with the experts who were fully trained to tackle such diseases.

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