The Himalayan region of the north east of India, right next to Tibet, Myanmar and Bangladesh, is the most densely forested, hard to access part of the subcontinent.
It is also teeming with thousands of different kinds of Birds and other animals, all potential carriers of the H5N1 virus.
This part of the Himalayas is also slap bang in the middle of the traditional migration route for millions of birds.
So with the neighbouring Myanmar and Bangladesh reporting repeated H5N1 cases in the poultry, it was only a matter of time that the dreaded virus was to manifest it self in India.
So it was an outwardly calm Th Dorendra, the Director of the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department, at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases at Imphal, who informed the media that that more than 200 nasal and cloacal samples have been sent to Bhopal and also to the National Institute of Virology in Pune under the care of a doctor today.
He said that the results of the tests on these samples were expected in a few days.
Trying to reassure every one, he said that the consumption of chicken did not pose any health risk.
However, the Director appealed to the people to immediately inform the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department, if they were to come across any cases of sudden death of chicken and other fowls.
He further said that” surveillance had been put within the 15 kms radius of the affected farm by posting officials of the Department.”
In the meantime, 1000 personal protection kits were brought to Imphal today.
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