Manipur government has imposed a temporary ban on the import of poultry and poultry products into the state in view of the reported outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza in some states of the country.
An order issued by the state Veterinary and Animal Husbandry commissioner on January 11 stated that the step was taken up as Avian Influenza is a highly contagious avian disease having zoonotic potential of causing loss in terms of mortality and trade of poultry.
As per the order, entry of poultry and poultry products such as poultry egg, meat and live birds including ducks, guinea fowls, turkey, and quails has been temporarily banned through all the national highways connecting the state and airport.
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The step has been taken up as a precautionary measure and in the interest of preventing the escalation of the disease in Manipur and other northeastern states.
The order further asked all deputy commissioners, district superintendents of police and district veterinary officers of the border districts of the state to take up necessary steps to stop movement of birds and eggs.
The order also directed the state veterinary and animal husbandry department to take up immediate steps for active targeted surveillance against the disease.