The directive comes following the bird flu outbreak in multiple states of neighbouring India

The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has directed all to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of bird flu in Bangladesh. 

The ministry has issued a letter to the Livestock Department in this regard, said a press release on Tuesday.

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The directive comes following the bird flu outbreak in multiple states of neighbouring India amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Indian authorities on Monday confirmed that bird flu had spread in 10 of the states in the country and stressed increased surveillance around water bodies, live bird markets, zoos and poultry farms. As a response to the outbreak, tens of thousands of poultry are expected to slaughtered across India to control its spread.

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The ministry letter directed taking measures to detect bird flu across the country, emphasizing border districts, and thorough supervision of government and private farms. It urged the Livestock Department to take necessary steps after testing samples in the nearby labs collected from dead poultry or poultry with unusual symptoms.

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The government department has also been asked to ensure an adequate supply of PPEs and test kits to district and upazila veterinary hospitals and laboratories, ensure bio-safety in farms, conduct widespread campaigns to warn farmers and verify the existing stock of vaccines for preventing bird flu from spreading.

The ministry also directed the Livestock Department to set up a 24/7 control room to collect necessary information from all over Bangladesh and take steps accordingly and immediately inform the ministry of any developments in this regard.

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